External Reviews for Cristia Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes
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.
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (100% Grenache from 70- to 80-year-old vines planted in pure sand) was aged in 2- to 3-year-old small barrels. While it is a nearer-term drinking proposition, it does reveal some structure as well as the vintageandrsquo;s reserved personality. Despite the structure of the vintage and its backward character, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes has enough openness and appeal that it can be drunk in its youth, although 2andndash;3 years of cellaring is suggested. The wineandrsquo;s dense plum/purple color is followed by a sweet bouquet of roasted herbs, black truffles, kirsch, raspberries and incense. Full-bodied, powerful and rich with decent acidity as well as moderate tannin and an exceptionally long finish, this 2010 should hit its prime in 4andndash;5 years and last for 15andndash;20.