2016 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting Note

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2016 Domaine de Cristia Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

Inky in color, this gem hits it out of the park with its showy nose of licorice, thyme, smoke, kirsch liqueur, flowers and dark cherries. Fabulously rich, intense and mouth-filling, this is a palate-staining experience with length, intensity, and richness. Make no mistake, this is a big, bold expression of Chateauneuf du Pape. But it never crosses into being too much or over the top.

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When to Drink Domaine de Cristia, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Domaine de Cristia can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for about 1-2 hours or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Domaine de Cristia is usually better with 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 4-20 years after the vintage.

Serving Domaine de Cristia with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Domaine de Cristia is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Domaine de Cristia is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue and cassoulet. Domaine de Cristia is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant, tomatoes and cheese.

The white wine of Domaine de Cristia is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

In 2009, Baptiste Grangeon of Domaine Cristia and Peter Weygandt formed a partnership to produce wines under the name of Chapelle St. Theodoric. Domaine de Cristia also produces wine from 8.5 hectares of vines they own in the Cotes du Rhone appellation.

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