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.
Ruby red in color. 16% ABV. 75% Grenache and a number of other varieties. Classic nose of red fruits, wet asphalt and garrigue. Medium body with perfect acidity. Remarkable balance. Concentrated but elegant and restrained. Kirsch, roasted herbs, olives and white pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Fantastic CdP from an average vintage. I’ll drink my last several bottles over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 92 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.