From the eastern side of the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation, from soils with less of the famed galets roules (the melon and football-sized boulders that cover much of the appellation), comes the Croix de Bois. The stunning 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois reveals aromas of sweet cherry liqueur intertwined with pepper, incense, and Asian spices. Spicy, with distinctive garrigue and lavender characteristics, it is a full-bodied, unctuously-textured, glorious heady, classic Chateauneuf to drink over the next 15-20 years. (RP)
Bright dark red. Explosive nose of roasted red fruits, mocha, coffee, black cardamom and minerals. Plush, superripe and seamless; stuffed with fat fruit. Wonderfully creamy and deep, with an underlying minerality giving shape to the flavors. Finishes very long, spicy and ripely tannic. (ST)
Traditional style, but well-done. Rich and ripe, with soft sweet tannins caressing the palate. Good intensity and concentration, with an opulence of spices, coffee, smoke, plum, mineral, leather. Delivers the goods you expect from Châteauneuf while remaining rather elegant. (PM)
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