Thursday, February 28, 2013

A couple of 96 point Rhones







2010 Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf du Pape Vieille Vignes....$79.99

Very expressive, with layers of lush blueberry coulis, fig paste, currant confiture and melted red licorice all wrapped with toasted spice and coursing through the vivacious finish. A gorgeous display of fruit, with the spine to keep it balanced. Drink now through 2027. 330 cases made. –JM
Rated 96/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate


2010 Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf du Pape Renaissance....$71.99

This has a lot going on, with dark ganache and espresso followed by roasted alder and juniper notes, before the core of plum, blackberry and steeped black currant fruit finally starts to assert itself. The long finish lets bay and tobacco leaf notes stride through, with a tarry edge as well. Shows great character. Best from 2015 through 2030. 500 cases made. –JM
Rated 96/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate


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