2015 M. Chapoutier "Croix de Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois possesses a more fruit forward and exuberant character compared to the Barbe Rac and dishes out tons of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, violets and spice characteristics. Beautifully pure and fresh on the palate, with full-bodied richness, building, sweet tannin and blockbuster length, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this be the best vintage for this cuvée to date. While I’ve always preferred the Barbe Rac cuvée in the past, the quality of the Croix de Bois cuvée continues to soar, and today I find these two wines – while very different in style – generally equal in terms of overall quality. (JD)
Deep ruby. Heady, expansive aromas of fresh red and blue fruits, potpourri and licorice take on white pepper and cola elements with air. Juicy, deeply concentrated boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors gain energy as the wine opens up. Sexy Asian spice and floral notes emerge on the back half and carry through the impressively long, seamless finish, which features resonating floral and spice notes and just a hint of tannins. This wine shows a more broad-shouldered personality than the relatively elegant Croix de Bois but it sure doesn't lack for vivacity.