2012 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois

  • Proprietary Blend
  • 750ML
  • WS 95
  • WA 94
  • VN 94
  • JR 90

Reviews for 2012 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois

WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2015
This is dreamy, with stunning raspberry pâte de fruit and boysenberry confiture notes that glide effortlessly, while very silky tannins ride underneath. Shiso leaf, pastis, lavender and warm stone accents fill in on... This is dreamy, with stunning raspberry pâte de fruit and boysenberry confiture notes that glide effortlessly, while very silky tannins ride underneath. Shiso leaf, pastis, lavender and warm stone accents fill in on the finish, with a deeply buried graphite hint. This should really stretch out with time, as the acidity is racy and mouthwatering. Best from 2018 through 2030. — J.M.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
Almost as good as the Barbe Rac, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois (100% Grenache from 100-year-old vines and clay soils) is a stunner that offers loads of upfront dark fruits, spiced cherries, chocolate... Almost as good as the Barbe Rac, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois (100% Grenache from 100-year-old vines and clay soils) is a stunner that offers loads of upfront dark fruits, spiced cherries, chocolate, garrigue and a slight saline-like minerality on both the nose and palate. Full-bodied and impressively concentrated, with rock-star texture, notable purity and good underlying structure, it’s a serious, fruit-loaded Chateauneuf that will have 10-15 years of longevity. - Jeb Dunnuck
VN 94
Vinous - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, April 2015
Brilliant ruby-red. Powerful mineral- and spice-tinged red fruit aromas are complemented by candied licorice and lavender. Distinctly lively and sharply delineated, offering intense raspberry and spicecake flavors and an... Brilliant ruby-red. Powerful mineral- and spice-tinged red fruit aromas are complemented by candied licorice and lavender. Distinctly lively and sharply delineated, offering intense raspberry and spicecake flavors and an exotic Asian spice quality. Shows superb clarity and thrust on the finish, which is firmed by smooth, harmonious tannins that fade into the wine's sweet, juicy fruit. This graceful wine is delicious now but I'd keep my hands off it for at least another five years, -- Josh Raynolds
JR 90
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, December 2013
(JR 18/20 points) Crimson. Sweet and lively and vaguely candified. Easy and round. Not for the long term. But punchy and fun and well balanced.