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Wine Advocate Re-Tastes 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape – Chapoutier Receives 95-pt. Score

Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate recently took another look at the 2005 vintage of Chateauneuf du Pape, now 10 years old. M. Chapoutier’s Croix de Bois scored 95 points, a second time:

MCH_MODIFS FT PARCELLAIRES ROUGE_230695 pts – 2005 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois

Chapoutier’s 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois is gorgeous, and while I’ve always preferred the Barbe Rac to this cuvee, I think the quality between the two is neck and neck. A blend of 100% Grenache that was vinified and aged all in concrete, this naked, raw expression of the variety gives up classic jammy dark fruits, toasted bread, garrigue, red licorice and sweet spice on the nose. Silky, refined and elegant, yet with full-bodied richness and tons of character, it’s a knockout bottle of Grenache to drink anytime over the coming 5-7 years. (Feb 2015)

95 pts – 2005 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois

The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois is brilliant. Notes of licorice, seaweed, cedar, and copious black currant and sweet cherry notes are present in the provocative aromatics. Ripe, full-bodied, and dense, with moderately high tannin, terrific concentration, and a deep ruby color, this is a brilliant wine that tips the scales at 16.5% natural alcohol, whereas the 2006 was at 15.3%. Look for the 2005 to hit its peak in 2-3 years and last for 15 or more years. (Oct 2007)

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