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Clos Saint-Jean is a family estate that was established in 1900 by Edmond Tacussel. The domaine began bottling wines in 1910 and has expanded over the generations. Saint Jean symbolizes life, and is thus associated with fertile lands yielding quality foods. Pascal and Vincent Maurel have been heading the estate since 1991, and oenologist Philippe Gambie has been assisting since 2003. At Clos Saint-Jean, we operate under the principle that complete respect for the land and the environment are essential to achieving a great wine.

The property covers 43 ha situated at lieu-dit La Crau. 40 ha AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape red. 20 ha of which are on the renowned plateau of la Crau. 1ha AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape white.

We cultivate the soil by the most natural means for our terrain. The use of insecticides is limited and the use of phytosanitary products even more so.

We practice ébourgeonnage on the entire vineyard as well as green harvesting, which directly bears upon the yield and improves the overall quality of the grapes and of the wine. Finally, complete respect for the land and the environment are essential to achieving a great wine.

Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2013

“Starting with the white, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is a clean, pure and silky white that offers ample white peach, white flowers and light minerality. Rich and textured, yet also subtle and seamless, it’s a superb white to drink over the coming 3-4 years, or cellar for a decade. This 120 acres estate, under the leadership of the Maurel brothers and oenologist Philippe Cambie, continues to fashion some of the most profound wines on the planet. Their 2012s, which is a vintage compared to a mix of 2009 and 2010 by Vincent, fall just short of what was accomplished here in 2010 and 2007, but are incredible wines that certainly rank at the top of the vintage.”- Jeb Dunnuck WA

Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2013

“Similar to the base cuvée, yet with more of everything, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes offers smoking notes of kirsch, black cherry liqueur, ground herbs, licorice and big minerality. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, seamless, pure and exceedingly elegant, all while carrying superb mid-palate concentration, plenty of tannic grip and a blockbuster finish. Drink this brilliant 2012 over the coming decade or more. This 120 acres estate, under the leadership of the Maurel brothers and oenologist Philippe Cambie, continues to fashion some of the most profound wines on the planet. Their 2012s, which is a vintage compared to a mix of 2009 and 2010 by Vincent, fall just short of what was accomplished here in 2010 and 2007, but are incredible wines that certainly rank at the top of the vintage.”- Jeb Dunnuck WA

Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous 2012

“The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous is another gorgeous wine from this estate that offers incredible richness while never seeming heavy, cumbersome or over-the-top. A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Muscardin, Vaccarese and Cinsault, it exhibits thrilling cassis, black raspberry, chocolate, crushed flowers and exotic spice. Full-bodied, seamless and incredibly elegant, it has the polish and balance to drink nicely now, but will evolve for 15 years or more. This 120 acres estate, under the leadership of the Maurel brothers and oenologist Philippe Cambie, continues to fashion some of the most profound wines on the planet.”- Jeb Dunnuck WA

From a parcel with 60% Grenache (planted 1905-10), 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 10% Vaccarese. Yield 20 hl./ha. The name Hill of Fools, refers to what people said when Tacussel planted vines at that parcel — it was foolish to work in such big stones.

REVIEWS:
Clos Saint Jean CdP La Combe des Fous 2008 WA 191
Clos Saint Jean CdP La Combe des Fous 2011 IWC January/February 2013/2014
Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous 2012 WA 215 October 2014
Clos Saint-Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous 2012, VINOUS April 2015

Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Deus Ex Machina 2012

“The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina is a blend of 60% Grenache aged in foudre (from close to 100-year-old vines) and 40% Mourvedre aged in demi-muids. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by incredible notes of cassis, roasted meats, licorice, toasted spice and a liquid rock-like minerality. Full-bodied, massive and concentrated, yet also seamless, elegant and incredibly polished, it flows onto the palate with building tannin, no hard edges and perfect balance. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this merit a perfect rating in the future, and it should hit prime-time drinking around age 10, and have 20-25 years of overall longevity. It’s one of the few wines to hit this level of quality in the vintage.”- Jeb Dunnuck WA

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