Saturday, October 27, 2018

Clso St. Jean Magnums

2015 Clos St Jean Chateauneuf du Pape V.V.... $99.99 / 1.5ltr
A special cuvée produced for the American importer, Eric Solomon, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is huge. It blends 85% or more concrete-aged Grenache with small amounts of Syrah and Mourvèdre aged in barrique. The result is a massive wine filled with red fruit. The tannins are ripe to the point of creaminess on the mid-palate then firm up on the long finish. This hides its alcohol better than the regular cuvée and should age longer as a result.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 93/100 Wine Spectator

2016 Clos St Jean Chateauneuf du Pape V.V....$99.99 / magnum
The same Grenache-dominated blend as the base cuvée, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes comes from older vines and is released solely for the US market. It’s a step up and is reminiscent of the 2010 with its depth, concentration, and purity. Black cherries, kirsch, licorice, and crushed rock notes all emerge from this ultra-fine, beautifully polished 2016 that does everything right. Don’t miss it.
Rated 95/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2016 Clos St Jean Combe Fous Chateauneuf du Pape...$219.99 / Magnum
Deep ruby-colored and offering a heavenly bouquet of black raspberries, toasted spiced, cured meats, licorice, and cured meats, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Combes des Fous is awesome on the palate, with a silky, seamless profile that just keeps on going. Possessing ultra-fine tannin, no hard edges, and a huge finish, it’s a phenomenal bottle of wine. The fact that it was bottled just one month ago makes this showing even more impressive.
Rated 98/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

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