2009 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
  • WA 95
  • RR 94
  • WS 94
  • IWC 93

Reg: $84.94

$74.94

This product is
out of stock

Reg: $84.94

$74.94

This product is
out of stock

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2011
There are 535 cases of the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois (100% Grenache from 110-year-old vines planted on the famed small rocks called Galets Roules). It is a classic Chateauneuf with lots of roasted herb... There are 535 cases of the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois (100% Grenache from 110-year-old vines planted on the famed small rocks called Galets Roules). It is a classic Chateauneuf with lots of roasted herb licorice cedar resiny pine forest kirsch liqueur and black raspberry characteristics. It possesses a deep plum/garnet color as well as full body 15+% natural alcohol and 15 years of drinkability.
RR 94
The Rhone Report, September 2011
Almost as good and more deeply colored and upfront than the Barbe Rac the 2009 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois 100% Grenache that's aged all in tank for 14 to 16 months delivers loads of pure blackberry... Almost as good and more deeply colored and upfront than the Barbe Rac the 2009 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois 100% Grenache that's aged all in tank for 14 to 16 months delivers loads of pure blackberry raspberry mineral and garrigue full body a seamless lush texture and beautifully polished tannin on the finish. Showing the same overall elegant slant as the Barbe Roc this superb Châteauneuf-du-Pape should drink well for 10-12 years if not longer.
WS 94
Wine Spectator, June 2012
A lush, captivating, velvety style, with gorgeous mouthfeel to the layers of fig sauce, warm linzer torte and cassis. Hints of pastis, sweet toasty spice and licorice snap chime in the background for now, with a long... A lush, captivating, velvety style, with gorgeous mouthfeel to the layers of fig sauce, warm linzer torte and cassis. Hints of pastis, sweet toasty spice and licorice snap chime in the background for now, with a long finish. Should be a winner after cellaring brings this together. Best from 2014 through 2028. 535 cases made. –JM
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2012
Vivid ruby. Compelling aromas of raspberry preserves, potpourri and blood orange, with a spicy overtone. Juicy and precise, offering palate-staining, deeply concentrated red fruit flavors that expand and gain spiciness... Vivid ruby. Compelling aromas of raspberry preserves, potpourri and blood orange, with a spicy overtone. Juicy and precise, offering palate-staining, deeply concentrated red fruit flavors that expand and gain spiciness with air. Finishes seamless and sweet, with intense lingering florality. Offers an impressive combination of depth and vivacity. - Josh Raynolds
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Vintage 2009

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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.

Winery

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.