2011 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois
Proprietary Blend - 1.5L
  • IWC 93
  • WA 92
  • WS 92

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IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2014
Vivid ruby-red. Sexy red fruit liqueur, potpourri and Asian spice aromas show impressive power and an energetic, pinot-like character. Sappy, tangy and precise on the palate, displaying lively raspberry and bitter cherry... Vivid ruby-red. Sexy red fruit liqueur, potpourri and Asian spice aromas show impressive power and an energetic, pinot-like character. Sappy, tangy and precise on the palate, displaying lively raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of spicecake. Closes on a mineral note, with superb clarity, verve and length. - Josh Raynolds
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2013
With more richness and depth, and showing the classic fruit-forward and up-front profile of the terroir, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois is 100% Grenache that comes from the southeastern part of the... With more richness and depth, and showing the classic fruit-forward and up-front profile of the terroir, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois is 100% Grenache that comes from the southeastern part of the appellation. Loaded with notions of strawberries, kirsch, underbrush and garrigue, it has medium to full-bodied richness with a supple, fleshy and hedonistically styled feel on the palate. As with the La Bernardine, I don’t see this making old bones, yet it should provide ample pleasure for upward of a decade. Drink now-2021. - Jeb Dunnuck
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, May 2014
Fresh and silky, with a perfumy, focused beam of cherry, red currant and sandalwood notes, lined with hints of shiso and tobacco leaf. The aromatic qualities linger through the stylish, mineral-tinged finish. Best from... Fresh and silky, with a perfumy, focused beam of cherry, red currant and sandalwood notes, lined with hints of shiso and tobacco leaf. The aromatic qualities linger through the stylish, mineral-tinged finish. Best from 2016 through 2026. 26 cases imported. –JM
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2011

Label

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.