2000 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, Grenache, Red Wine, Rhône, Southern Rhône


Another bottle of this wine and similar results. Following that (slightly damaged) Clos des Papes. this wine was certainly disappointing. It’s good, but it lacks excitement. In particular, a very barnyard loaded nose and what I believe to be VA are odd and off-putting. On the palate, the wine actually performs well. Decent fruit, generous structure, but an acid profile that’s a tad shrill and disjointed. Again…it’s good, but it lacks relative to my favorites. To use an analogy from the movies, I think of it as an Arnold Schwarzenegger of CdPs…trying hard to please with lots of muscle…instead, I would have preferred a CdP that mirrors the class and intellectual stimulation of Sir Anthony Hopkins or Sir Alec Guiness.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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