2013 Clos St. Jean Chateauneuf Du Pape Vieilles VignesBlend from France
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"The prestigious Clos Saint Jean is run by the fourth generation of the Tacussel/Maurel family - Vincent and Pascal Maurel - under the tutelage of renown oenologist Philippe Ca...
- 92 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 92 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
- 90 Wine Spectator
92 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes a gorgeous drinker that gives up lots of black cherry, lavender, peppery spice and Provençal notes to go with a medium to full-bodied, elegant and layered feel on the palate. Like all of this estate's wines, the tannin quality is top notch and while not a massive wine, it excels on its silky texture, beautiful fruit and outstanding finish. Drink bottles anytime over the coming 7-8 years."
92 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
"Vivid ruby-red. Deeper in pitch and darker in character than the non-V.V. bottling, displaying intense black raspberry and blueberry aromas and flavors accompanied by hints of licorice and candied lavender. Shows very good concentration and energy, picking up a suave spicecake nuance with aeration. Lingers with excellent tenacity, building sweetness and smooth tannins that fold smoothly into the juicy fruit."
90 Wine Spectator
" A gentle, silky style, featuring light bergamot, tea, cherry and lightly singed cedar notes, held together by fine acidity. Shows more charm than power, with subtle length. Drink now through 2020. 700 cases imported. "
"The prestigious Clos Saint Jean is run by the fourth generation of the Tacussel/Maurel family - Vincent and Pascal Maurel - under the tutelage of renown oenologist Philippe Cambie.
Clos Saint-Jean is considered by critics, sommeliers and consumers alike to be among the top properties of the Southern Rhône. Wine Advocate comments, “The tasting of the five 2007 cuvées must rank among the greatest single tasting in the southern Rhône I have ever done in 30+ years of wine tasting. Last year I sensed something special was happening, and the bottled 2007s confirm that something rare had occurred in the vineyards and cellars of Clos Saint-Jean.” The estate now boasts four 100 point wines, sourced from their extraordinary old vine plots, including choice parcels in the famed La Crau district of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The property makes one white and four red cuvées all using the same winemaking philosophy, just from different blends from different parcels. Grenache in aged in tank only while Syrah and Mourvedre are aged in one- and two-year-old demi-muids, and occasionally, smaller barrels." - Impoorter
|Sub-Region||Chateauneuf du Pape|
92 - Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
90 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Grenache / Garnacha, Syrah / Shiraz, Mourvedre / Mataro / Monastrell / Garrut, Vaccarese, Muscardin|
|Taste||black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, violet, oak, smoke, toast, vanilla, plum, almond, dark berry and spice|
|Nose||vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar, thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, mint, plum, violet, almond, dark berry and spice|