2014 M. Chapoutier "Croix de Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $55)

SKU #1311148 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois is also a single vineyard cuvee and is 100% Grenache. It’s always has a more fruit forward feel than the more structured Barbe Rac and offers gorgeous notes of sweet black cherries, black raspberry, spice-box and licorice in a full-bodied, voluptuous and hedonistic style. It will knock your socks off on release, yet keep for a decade. (JD)  (10/2015)

92-94 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby-red. Highly expressive red fruit liqueur, lavender, Asian spice and mineral aromas display impressive clarity and pick up a deeper licorice nuance with air. Sappy, incisive raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show excellent depth, conveying a surprisingly delicate touch and a hint of candied flowers that emerges on the back half. Silky and seamless in texture, finishing with superb finishing lift and persistence, while smooth tannins lend gentle grip. (JR)  (4/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 The core of mulled currant, raspberry and blackberry fruit is still reserved for now, while anise, tobacco and warm stone notes play out. (JM)  (3/2017)

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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