Domaine de Cristia Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2007

$87.99

Even more profound than the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Renaissance, is the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, made from 100% Grenache vines from sandy clay soils (the vines are between 70 and 85 years of age). This wine is aged completely in older small barrels. It is a candidate for the wine of the vintage. Dazzling in all respects, it boasts an inky/ruby/purple color, which is amazing given that this is all Grenache. It demonstrates the power of tiny yields and old vines. The extraordinary nose of crushed rocks, framboise, creme de cassis, and kirsch is dramatic. As the wine sits in the glass, notions of acacia flowers, licorice, and incense also make an appearance. On the palate, this is a wine of unreal concentration, a true elixir with a full-bodied style, yet incredibly fresh and well-delineated. There are oodles of concentrated red and black fruits, plenty of Provencal typicity, and a blockbuster finish that lasts well over a minute. This is prodigious stuff that should age into a monumental bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape in 7-10 years. It should live for two decades after that. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Stefan Metzner Delectable Pro

Just a really great wine

Just a really great wine

9.4

Stefan Metzner Delectable Pro

Dens structure Fine tannins Very long And delicious Xmas spices

Dens structure Fine tannins Very long And delicious Xmas spices

9.4

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.