2011 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape 'Croix de Bois'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $44.94 (was: $79.94)
From the rocky slopes of Chateauneuf du Pape comes the fabulous single-parcel Croix de Bois by the Rhone's inimitable maverick, Michel Chapoutier. We are all in on Michel Chapoutier's approach of finding the best little slices of terroir and crafting highly sought-after wines as his ultra small production cuvees seem to perfectly express their origins. Today's 2011 Croix de Bois Chateauneuf is a decadent and delicious Grenache, and it is available for the lowest price of any vintage on the market!
100% Grenache from 80-100+ year old vines in the Eastern portion of the appellation called La Crau, the 2011 is aged entirely in tank not barrel. This area is known for concentrated Grenache with a “spicy nose and deep red-fruit flavours” (Jancis Robinson).
Chapoutier's eye for beautifully expressive terroir in areas like Chateauneuf du Pape is unmatched. Called his Selections Parcellaires, they are crafted from tiny single plots of old vines, and Parker has claimed that the top cuvees are “consistently among the world's greatest." Since Michel Chapoutier took over the family winery in the 1980s, he has remained remarkably consistent in his approach: strict biodynamic viticulture and low yields for all of his vineyards.
Getting one of Chapoutier's Selections Parcellaires at this price is pretty terrific, and you won't find the Croix de Bois for a better one anywhere. No need to cellar the 2011, just crack it open and enjoy over the next 5+ years. Cheers!