2007 Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois

Year: 2007
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 91
Red Wine
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"Dark and lush, with braised fig and hoisin sauce notes backed by tar, graphite and espresso. The long, muscular finish lets the graphite edge play out. There's ample grip for the vintage, but this stays stylish and driven. Best from 2011 through 2022. 877 cases made." (WS)

"The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois comes from the eastern sector of Chateauneuf du Pape near Bedarrides. Its dense plum/purple color is accompanied by a big, sweet bouquet of licorice, roasted Provencal herbs, meat juices, kirsch, black raspberries, and black currants. Deep, full-bodied, and rich, this beauty is ideal for drinking over the next 10-15+ years.

Michel Chapoutier fashions some terrific low-end wines that sell for a song, and in 2007, they are of exceptionally high quality. The handful of 2008s I tasted also look very good for the vintage. These are sleeper selections, especially his La Ciboise and Estubiers from the Coteaux du Tricastin."(WA)

"($85) Ruby-red. Pungent, deep aromas of red berry preserves and kirsch, with notes of smoky Indian spices and minerals adding complexity. Broad, liqueur-like red fruit flavors coat the palate and show a distinctly warm, slightly roasted character, with gentle back-end lift. Finishes sweet and impressively persistent, with repeating smoke and spice notes. This rich, serious wine will need equally rich food." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
This vineyard, a traditional "lieu-dit," has long been a mainstay for the sourcing of the grapes for Chapoutier's La Bernardine proprietary wine. Its vines have matured to a minimally-yielding level (15 HL/HA), and it is capable of great wine of its own. About half the age of Barbe Rac, and a bit lower in elevation, its spicy nose and deep red-fruit flavors make a distinctive statement of dense Grenache intensity. An immediate hit in its first vintage, 1998, it will continue to make waves as the vines show further maturity.