Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2019, Rhone, France

The property of the Grangeon family for many generations, Domaine de Cristia is located in Courthézon, on the eastern sector of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and spreads over 58 hectares. 90% of the terroir is composed of sandy/clay soils planted on the Eastern sector of the appellation (lieu-dit ‘Cristia’). These parcels of Châteauneuf-du-Pape benefit from a cool, fresh north-easterly exposition which allows the grapes and wines to develop supple, elegant tannins. One separate parcel, situated on the highest part of the appellation (lieu-dit ‘La Roquette’), is covered with round stones formed by the former passage of the Rhône, and benefits from permanent sunshine. The heat of the day is absorbed by the stones and given off during the night, which creates a constant even temperature and allows optimum phenolic and alcoholic maturity. This combination of different terroirs is ideal to obtain a Châteauneuf-du-Pape with finesse, density, richness and elegance, together with a great ageing potential. 2016 vintage – 85% Grenache, 15% Syrah. Wine is aged 18 months, Grenache in concrete vats, Syrah in cask. The color reveals distinctive violet highlights. A refined and complex nose showing aromas and fruits of the forest. On the palate a wine that is rich and powerful yet with a perfectly balanced and harmonious structure, and a long aromatic finish.