Croix de Bois is arguably the second Chateauneuf du Pape produced bu Maison Chapoutier. Similar to the premium Barbe Rac, Croix de Bois is 100% Grenache, but the vines are comparably youthful at 60-80 years old!
The 1998 vintage is still drinking well, and will continue to do so over the next couple of years!
Wildly provencal, the 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois was singing on this occasion and had tons of kirsch, garrigue, seaweed and gamy notes all giving way to a full-bodied, plump, fruit-filled Chateauneuf du Pape that's drinking at point. There's no upside here, but it should evolve nicely going forward on its terrific core of fruit.
Last bottle from my case. All good things have to come to an end sooner or later. Luscious textures, low in acidity, with a kirsch liqueur, herb, licorice and fig nose, the fruit was showing riper flavors than I recall from earlier bottles. The texture really add much more silk. At close to 20, if you're sitting on a lot of this wine, I'd pop your remaining bottles over the next few years.
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