2008 M. Chapoutier "Croix de Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $60)

SKU #1238972 93 points Wine Spectator

 This has a solid core of crushed blackberry and mulled plum fruit, supported by well-embedded acidity. Pastis, violet and black tea notes weave through on the finish, where the plum fruit echoes nicely. (JM)  (11/2010)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red. A perfumed nose offers raspberry, strawberry preserves, herbs, anise and dried rose. Silky and sweet in the mouth, offering lively red and dark berry flavors. Finishes juicy and fresh, with very good persistence and a touch of cinnamon. (JR)  (1/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Lustrous cherry red with a bit of evolution at the rim. Interesting nose with real roundness and complexity and just the merest hint of port(!) Easy to like... The substantial fruit covers the fine tannins.  (11/2009)

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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