"A flashy style, with red licorice and warm fruitcake notes backed by flavors of plum sauce and boysenberry preserves. Singed apple wood and licorice details fuel the finish. Best from 2015 through 2025. 2,665 cases made." Wine Spectator 92 Points
"Cristia’s 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape is a classic example of this cuvée and offers loads of upfront fruit, texture and richness in its fruity, ripe style. Giving up plenty of darker fruits, old leather and damp herbs, enjoy this medium to full-bodied beauty over the coming 7-8 years.
The Grangeon family owns just over 30 acres, spread through 4 different parcels; Le Cristia (which is broken into two parts, an upper and lower), Saint Georges and La Roquete. They have a number of old vines, and in a normal year they produce four Châteauneufs, a traditional red and white, and two special cuvees. Their Vieillies Vignes is 100% Grenache that comes all from sandy soils and is brought up all in old barrels. Their more modern styled cuvee is the cuvee Renaissance, and it’s roughly 60% Grenache, with the balance Mourvedre and Syrah, that’s aged all 25% new French oak. Due to the difficulty with Mourvedre in 2012, they only produced their traditional cuvee and the Vieilles Vignes. In 2013 they produced a single red Châteauneuf du Pape." Robert Parker 91 Points
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