2007 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois with grilled lamb burgers, Israeli Feta, orzo and mustard greens tonight. I wasn’t sure what to expect of the Chapoutier, but this one was a fun wine to drink. Blackberry, bramble and licorice flavors are dominant. Like most Chapoutier wines, this one lacks some freshness and elegance. It relies heavily on its fruit and ripeness. And while I have seen that go wrong before, Chapoutier succeeded in 2007 in creating a wine that is indicative of its origin and reflects the (very warm) vintage conditions well. But the Robert Parker score of 96 is frankly laughable. If I had to put a number on it, I would go 90-91 maximum. I think it is too expensive at current going rates, but it was a fair purchase at release.

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