2003 Chapoutier "Croix de Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $80)

SKU #1126164 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Reminiscent of a liqueur of herbes de Provence intermixed with notes of saddle leather and licorice, the dark ruby/plum/purple-tinged 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois reeks of herbs, pepper, and spice box. Smelling and tasting this wine is like walking through an open air Provencal market. It is beautifully fragrant, rich, full-bodied, heady, and long. Drink it over the next 15+ years.  (2/2006)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Mixed red and dark berry fruit, along with plenty of dark cocoa, mineral and tar notes. Muscular finish shows more pepper, tobacco and structure, with fresh acidity too. Best from 2007 through 2020.  (5/2006)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light red. Wild aromas of charred meat and garrigue add complexity to the sweet notes of raspberry preserves, candied cherry, red plum and subtle white pepper. Explosively fruity Chateauneuf du Pape with no rough edges to its lush strawberry and candied raspberry flavors. Finishes with excellent length.  (2/2006)

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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