Featured in the April 6, 2016 edition of Wine Spectator Insider, M. Chapoutier was highlighted with two new ratings including 96 points for the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac 2013 and 94 points for the Croix de Bois 2013.
96 points: M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac 2013
Restrained and stylish, loaded with gorgeous layers of cassis, raspberry and damson plum fruit that stream along, lined with anise, shiso leaf and iron notes. The long, pure finish shows terrific cut and focus. This should expand considerably in the cellar, as there’s some latent grip. A superb effort for the vintage. Best from 2017 through 2030. From France.—J.M.
94 points: M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois 2013
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 finish. A light echo of shiso leaf at the very end adds freshness. Best from 2017 through 2030.—J.M.