2006 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WS 93
  • WA 92
  • IWC 92

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WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, June 2009
($90) Very pure and driven with a great beam of macerated red currant fruit laced with licorice raspberry bittersweet cocoa and incense notes that extend through the long mouthwatering finish. Very rich but offers... ($90) Very pure and driven with a great beam of macerated red currant fruit laced with licorice raspberry bittersweet cocoa and incense notes that extend through the long mouthwatering finish. Very rich but offers admirable precision. Drink now through 2022. 861 cases made.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2008
The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois reveals an intense Provencal herb character as well as peppery roasted meat garrigue and kirsch liqueur notes full body good richness and a long finish. Chapoutier's single... The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois reveals an intense Provencal herb character as well as peppery roasted meat garrigue and kirsch liqueur notes full body good richness and a long finish. Chapoutier's single vineyard Chateauneuf du Papes represent two different areas of the appellation with the Croix de Bois coming from the eastern sector in the Bedarrides region. Chapoutier has adjusted the manner in which he ages these cuvees as they are now completely aged in tank. Yields for this offering (made from 100+-year-old Grenache vines in the Galets Roulets area) are typically less than .5 tons of fruit per acre. Both the Barbe Rac and Croix de Bois are 100% Grenache.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2009
($90) Bright red. Highly perfumed nose offers raspberry lavender pungent herbs and minerals. Enticingly fresh and sweet with deep but lively red berry preserve flavors and tangy minerality. With its excellent finishing... ($90) Bright red. Highly perfumed nose offers raspberry lavender pungent herbs and minerals. Enticingly fresh and sweet with deep but lively red berry preserve flavors and tangy minerality. With its excellent finishing lift and persistence this reminded me a lot of pinot noir.
JJB 93
Alex Shaw - JJ Buckley, September 2009
A beautiful deep burgundy color in the glass. The nose is intense filled with cedar spice licorice black cherry and pepper. It fills the nose and shows layers of aroma inviting one to swirl and sniff over and over. I... A beautiful deep burgundy color in the glass. The nose is intense filled with cedar spice licorice black cherry and pepper. It fills the nose and shows layers of aroma inviting one to swirl and sniff over and over. I hardly wanted to put it in my mouth the aroma was so complex and inviting. In the mouth it is full-bodied without being overbearing. Medium tannins provide structure and help carry along an elegant balance between the fruit and acidity. The finish is still somewhat tight indicating this wine should have decades of life ahead of it. A spectacular effort.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2006

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Chateauneuf's history is extremely dense. One of the most important periods was during the 15th Century when the popes resided in Avignon. The village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape became the papal summer residence (Jean XXII, Urbin V and Innocent VI) and they succeeded in promoting its wines.

In the early 20th Century, winegrowers were regularly acknowledged for their wines by a special board of judges which was set up under the instigation of Baron "le Roy de Boiseaumarie."

Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix des Bois is made from Grenache planted on soils composed of big quartzite shingles and sandy red clay. The color is intense red with aromas of black fruits and blackberry jam. It is unctuous and ample with warm tannins. Depending on the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years or from 50 to 75 years.

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Chapoutier

Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines here, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.

Under Michel Chapoutier’s leadership, quality improved and Chapoutier gained international recognition. The massive negociant and winery produces single-vineyard expressions and classic wines from a range of appellations in the north and south of the valley.

They have adopted biodynamic farming techniques and have included Braille markings on their labels since 1996. This was done from a desire to reach out to and include lovers of good wines with sight-impairments, and as a tribute to Maurice Monier of La Sizeranne, a member of the family that previously owned the vines of the same name and who invented the first abbreviated version of Braille.