2000 M. Chapoutier "Croix de Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1043567 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From the eastern side of the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation, from soils with less of the famed galets roules (the melon and football-sized boulders that cover much of the appellation), comes the Croix de Bois. The stunning 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois reveals aromas of sweet cherry liqueur intertwined with pepper, incense, and Asian spices. Spicy, with distinctive garrigue and lavender characteristics, it is a full-bodied, unctuously-textured, glorious heady, classic Chateauneuf to drink over the next 15-20 years. (RP)  (2/2003)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright dark red. Explosive nose of roasted red fruits, mocha, coffee, black cardamom and minerals. Plush, superripe and seamless; stuffed with fat fruit. Wonderfully creamy and deep, with an underlying minerality giving shape to the flavors. Finishes very long, spicy and ripely tannic. (ST)  (1/2003)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Traditional style, but well-done. Rich and ripe, with soft sweet tannins caressing the palate. Good intensity and concentration, with an opulence of spices, coffee, smoke, plum, mineral, leather. Delivers the goods you expect from Châteauneuf while remaining rather elegant. (PM)  (8/2003)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape