1998 M. Chapoutier "Croix de Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1060539 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Deep, complex, musky aromas of strawberry liqueur, milk chocolate and earth; superripe and nuanced. Huge wine of compelling richness and depth, but with enough supporting acidity to keep it from going over the top. Completely expressive grenache flavors of plum liqueur and pepper. Finishes with big, lush tannins and palate-saturating flavor.  (1/ 2001)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois (the debut vintage for this wine) has plenty of peppery, seaweed, and garrigue notes intermixed with black cherry, licorice, and smoke. It is almost wildly Provencal in its personality and could be nothing but a Southern Rhone aromatically or flavor-wise. Full-bodied and fully mature, this wine needs to be drunk over the next 5-6 years.  (6/ 2010)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape