Rich and intensely glycerol in texture, Rennaisance feels the most voluptuous of Domaine de Cristia's 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape bottlings. Blackberry and plum flavors are plush and spicy, accented by notes of char, smoke and licorice. Tannins are fine grained but firm and mouth dampening now. Hold till 2020. This bold, structured wine should improve through 2030.
96 points, Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2019)
The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance is also a slightly more restrained, elegant version of the cuvée, yet that doesn’t mean it lacks concentration or depth. Terrific notes of black and blue fruits, violets, peppered meats, and licorice all emerge from this full-bodied, tight, backward beauty that’s going to need 4-5 years of bottle age. As normal, the blend is 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre, brought up in one-third new oak barrels and the balance in demi-muids.
95+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2018)
Bright violet. Highly perfumed red fruit preserve, incense and potpourri scents are complemented by suave baking spice and vanilla flourishes. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense Chambord, cherry pie, lavender and cola flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. Shows excellent clarity and spicy thrust on the gently tannic finish, which emphatically repeats the red fruit and floral notes.
94 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Dec 2019)
Warm and inviting, with waves of dark plum, cassis and blackberry puree pouring forth, inlaid with light ganache and graphite threads. The plush and velvety feel through the finish puts this squarely in the hedonist camp. Best from 2020 through 2035. 600 cases made, 150 cases imported.
94 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Nov 2018)