2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, Domaine de Cristia

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

This is a modern-day classic of Chateauneuf du Pape. The third cuvee is the monumental 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, which is made from 100% Grenache, and aged in neutral but small oak barrels. Black and saturated blue/purple in color, with an extraordinary nose of incense, flowers, melted licorice, blackberry, and creme de cassis, it comes closest, to my mind, to resembling the Marcoux Vieilles Vignes in its floral aromatics and sumptuous texture. This is stunningly rich wine that will benefit from 2-4 years of cellaring and keep 20-25 years. It's a brilliant homage to the greatness of old-vine Grenache!

Range: 95-97+

Category
Red
Country
France
Region
Rhône

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