Wine Of The Week # 6 // Domaine De Christia Côtes du Rhône

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Created by Etienne Grangeon 70 years ago, the property originally comprised 2 hectares of Grenache. It was developed further by the driving force of his son, Alain, who joined the domaine in 1963. Passionate about viticulture, he notably contributed to the expansion of the domaine and planted improved grape varieties such as Syrah and Mourvèdre, elements that helped create the identity of Cristia.

Deep purple in colour, this is a bold Rhone with distinct notes of quartz, lavender, raspberries and a hint of the floral via eucalyptus. A mildy bitter wine, the tannins reduce with breathing, it holds a notable softness and gentleness in its’ texture, rich in sloes, damson and fruit pips. All in all a wonderful bottle from this Châteauneuf-du-Pape producer. 75cl / 13.5 % ABV – £12.21.

Wine Of The Week # 4 // Les Clos Du Caillou Les Quartz

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Located in the northeastern part of Chateauneuf du Pape, and covering 22 acres in the appellation and 110 acres in Cotes du Rhone (most of which are situated around the estate and bordering Chateauneuf du Pape), this benchmark estate is run by Sylvie Vacheron, with Bruno Gaspard assisted by Aude Perch and oenologist Philippe Cambie making the wines. All in all a small vineyard producing fantastic wines with limited distribution.

This Cotes Du Rhone is dark and dense in the glass, blackberry and cassis followed swiftly by blueberry on the nose. Predominantly a Grenache variety supplanted by Syrah providing earth and spice. A highly concentrated bottle with rounded tannins, best left to breath for 2-3 hours prior to drinking. Perfect with beef £20.49.

Wine of The Week #2 // Cristia

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Cristia are a great Chateauneuf du Pape producer, and have produced this younger Grenache Syrah blend that is a lovely introduction to their range. The 2011 is priced at £6.99 and is available from both our Carrington’s stores. It really is a lot of wine for the money!

In the glass the colour is quite a light red, and the wine’s legs are considerably obvious. You certainly don’t get the impression you’re about to be treated to a 13.5% delight.

The presents a light pepperyness and young blackberries. The palate maintains the light peppery flavour but it is joined by hints of plum and raspberry and is light to medium-bodied. All in all this is a great value wine, and can be drunk on its own as well as with a meal. A delicious all-rounder.