2007 M. Chapoutier "Croix de Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois comes from the eastern sector of Chateauneuf du Pape near Bedarrides. Its dense plum/purple color is accompanied by a big, sweet bouquet of licorice, roasted Provencal herbs, meat juices, kirsch, black raspberries, and black currants. Deep, full-bodied, and rich ... (RP)
Dark and lush, with braised fig and hoisin sauce notes backed by tar, graphite and espresso. The long, muscular finish lets the graphite edge play out. There's ample grip for the vintage, but this stays stylish and driven.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Pungent, deep aromas of red berry preserves and kirsch, with notes of smoky Indian spices and minerals adding complexity. Broad, liqueur-like red fruit flavors coat the palate and show a distinctly warm, slightly roasted character, with gentle back-end lift. Finishes sweet and impressively persistent, with repeating smoke and spice notes. This rich, serious wine will need equally rich food. (JR)
My first Châteauneuf from this much-vaunted vintage… Very deep crimson. Spicy, but not super-ripe nose. Still pretty gassy but with amazing energy! Positively fizzing with life and richness. There was actually a grape pip in my sample – a first in 32 years. Beautifully balanced – ie the tannins and alcohol taste in check. Very well done. A lovely wine for medium-term drinking. 18/20 points.