Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2011 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes – Bottle Notes

Clos Saint Jean was founded in 1900 in Chateauneuf du Pape and is still a small, family-run operation. The estate produces 12,500 cases annually. Brothers Pascal and Vincent Maurel run the business. Clos Saint Jean primarily produces Chateauneuf du Pape, including the Vieilles Vignes and several special cuvees including the Combe des Fous and Deus-Ex Machina. In 2002, Philippe Cambie was hired as consulting oenologist.

Crimson in color. 16% ABV. Savory nose of dark fruits, kirsch, olives and grilled meats. Medium body and well balanced. Dialed back and restrained. Kirsch, cassis liqueur, blood and herbs on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Really well made and worth every bit of the $35 this wine cost at Costco. Say what you will about Clos Saint Jean but I could drink this wine frequently given the quality and price point. Best over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 90 points.

The 2016 version is available at retail and is attractively priced around $50 per bottle. This is the best vintage for CdP in recent memory and this wine is always a good value. I’m a buyer.

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