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. Fantastic nose of ripe red fruits, lavender and kirsch. Medium body with ample acidity and notable balance. Rich and concentrated. Black raspberry liqueur, roasted meats, herbes de Provence and white pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. The last of 3 bottles bought on release and this without question showed the best. Aging exceptionally well. Best over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 94 points.
The 2020 version is available at retail and is attractively priced around $60 per bottle.