2016 Cristia Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Renaissance

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Rich and intensely glycerol in texture, Rennaisance feels the most voluptuous of Domaine de Cristia's 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape bottlings. Blackberry and plum flavors are plush and spicy, accented by notes of char, smoke and licorice. Tannins are fine grained but firm and mouth dampening now. Hold till 2020. This bold, structured wine should improve through 2030.

Wine Enthusiast | 96 WE
The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance is also a slightly more restrained, elegant version of the cuvée, yet that doesn’t mean it lacks concentration or depth. Terrific notes of black and blue fruits, violets, peppered meats, and licorice all emerge from this full-bodied, tight, backward beauty that’s going to need 4-5 years of bottle age. As normal, the blend is 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre, brought up in one-third new oak barrels and the balance in demi-muids.

Jeb Dunnuck | 95+ JD
Bright violet. Highly perfumed red fruit preserve, incense and potpourri scents are complemented by suave baking spice and vanilla flourishes. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense Chambord, cherry pie, lavender and cola flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. Shows excellent clarity and spicy thrust on the gently tannic finish, which emphatically repeats the red fruit and floral notes.

Vinous Media | 94 VM
Warm and inviting, with waves of dark plum, cassis and blackberry puree pouring forth, inlaid with light ganache and graphite threads. The plush and velvety feel through the finish puts this squarely in the hedonist camp. Best from 2020 through 2035. 600 cases made, 150 cases imported.

Wine Spectator | 94 WS
The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Renaissance (I tasted a prospective blend drawn from four demi-muids) shows some green, herbal notes from stem inclusion but also big, rich, lush fruit and a silky feel on the finish. It should drink well on release.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 92-94 RP

More Information
Vintage 2016
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Domaine de Cristia
Rating 96 WE
Region Rhone: While the Northern Rhone produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhone Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne - the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this - the Rhone flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment's notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots. The flavors and texture of Northern Rhone wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds As per the Southern Rhone wine, it is like taking a plunge into a whirlpool of juicy flavor. Every sip explodes forward like a crashing tsunami, bathing your tastebuds in delicious aromas of prune, chocolate, grass, and black fruit. The wines are so compelling that it can be hard to drink them casually at a social event without getting lost in their intricate textures and emotional depths. Let's set sail together, and drink deep from these luxurious bottles with our friends and loved ones.
Type of Wine Chateauneuf du Pape: You can expect Chateauneuf-du-Pape reds selection to wash over you with a combination of leather, game, tar, and delicious dried herbs, creating a spice mixture that commands respect from even the harshest non-believers. Chateauneuf-du-Pape whites are ever so refreshing and bold, frolicking in a field of floral notes and earthy minerals.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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