Domaine de Cristia Cuvée Renaissance Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015
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Winemaker Notes :
The color reveals distinctive violet highlights. A refined and complex nose showing aromas of fruits of the forest. On the palate a wine that is rich and powerful yet with a perfectly balanced and harmonious structure, and long aromatic finish.
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Domaine de Cristia|
Wine SpectatorThis has an intense core of crushed plum, raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors, draped with melted licorice notes and backed by a wave of warm fruitcake. Hedonistic for sure, but accents of anise, violet and singed apple wood dart around, adding extra facets of intrigue to hold your attention. Grenache and Mourvedre. Best from 2020 through 2040. 600 cases made.
Wine AdvocateAs for the reds from barrel, I found a touch of volatile acidity in all of the barrel samples, as well as a touch less exuberance and concentration than in past vintage. Still, as I hope the scores show, the wines are beautiful. A bigger, richer wine based on 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Renaissance knocks it out of the park with its black and blue fruits, roasted meats, violets and mint-laced bouquet. It's slightly less concentrated and decadent than previous vintages, yet is still full-bodied, seamless and concentrated, with sweet tannin. It should benefit from short-term cellaring, yet drink reasonably well in its youth.