2014 Chapoutier Châteauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
JJB: $53.94 (Online Avg $90)
When it comes to the Rhone (North and South) Michel Chapoutier is as much of a master as you can find, with dozens of top scores from the Wine Advocate and a diehard following to match. His top cuvees are “consistently among the world's greatest wines” according to Robert Parker and his single-vineyard Châteauneuf du Pape are no exception. The ‘Croix de Bois’ Châteauneuf is “another smoking good 2014” according to the Wine Advocate, and a gorgeous expression of Grenache. With the best price around and 40% off the national average, Rhone fans will want to jump on this one before it's gone!
From 80-100-year-old vines on the eastern side of the appellation, the 'Croix de Bois' is a sensuous rendition of Châteauneuf done in a “full-bodied, voluptuous and hedonistic style” (Wine Advocate). Exhibiting “highly expressive red fruit liqueur, lavender, Asian spice and mineral aroma” (Vinous), this has the classic Chapoutier level of refinement coupled with superb intensity thanks to the famous smooth pebble soil (galets roules) of Châteauneuf.
Chapoutier’s efforts have earned him a huge following, as he has left his mark the throughout the Rhone (as well as Australia and Alsace!), proving that meticulous attention to detail and dedicated vineyard management is key to making truly great wine anywhere. This is definitely one of the best values you'll find from Chapoutier's Sélections Parcellaires - the single vineyard wines that have become reference points for the Rhone's finest appellations - so act now to lock in this terrific price. Cheers!