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. Fantastic nose of dark red fruits, garrigue and Asian spices. Full bodied with ample acidity. Ripe and rich with a touch of heat. Clearly modern in style. Kirsch, raspberry liqueur and white pepper on the palate Tremendous length on the finish. Delicious CdP but pick your spots when serving. Best over the next 1-3 years.
My rating: 91 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.