2013 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

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  • WS 94
  • WA 93
  • VN 92

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WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2016
Nicely packed for the vintage, with an energetic core of kirsch, damson plum and blood orange coulis flavors, backed by hints of singed cedar and alder that extend through the racy, focused fin- ish. A light echo of... Nicely packed for the vintage, with an energetic core of kirsch, damson plum and blood orange coulis flavors, backed by hints of singed cedar and alder that extend through the racy, focused fin- ish. A light echo of shiso leaf at the very end adds freshness. Best from 2017 through 2030. — J.M.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2015
Always sweeter and more flamboyant than the Barbe Rac, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois offers more kirsch, black raspberry and cassis, as well as ample garrigue and spice nuances. Full-bodied, gorgeously pure... Always sweeter and more flamboyant than the Barbe Rac, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois offers more kirsch, black raspberry and cassis, as well as ample garrigue and spice nuances. Full-bodied, gorgeously pure and layered, it’s about as sexy and voluptuous as they come in this cooler vintage. Drink this beauty anytime over the coming decade. - Jeb Dunnuck
VN 92
Vinous - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, April 2016
Ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of raspberry, fresh flowers and Asian spices. Densely packed, lively and focused on the palate; a bright mineral note lifts the ripe red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Shows impressive... Ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of raspberry, fresh flowers and Asian spices. Densely packed, lively and focused on the palate; a bright mineral note lifts the ripe red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Shows impressive heft and energy, finishing with velvety tannins and lingering red berry and lavender flourishes. -- Josh Raynolds
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2013

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.