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2005 Clos St-Jean - Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous 750ml
2005 Clos St-Jean - Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous
France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape
Red / Rhone Blend
2005 Clos St-Jean - Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous
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Professional Reviews

IWC
91(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 136

($90) Deep red. Dark cherry, cassis, cola and graphite on the nose, with a deeper licorice quality building with air. Deep, rich and smoky, with chewy cherry and dark berry flavors firmed by dusty tannins. Becomes more peppery with air, showing its syrah side, as it did last year. This one will require patience.

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WA
100

Wine Advocate Author: Jeb Dunnuck Issue: 214

Up there with the '07, yet in a different style, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Combe des Fous is a blockbuster that tops out on my scale. Exotic, perfumed and layered, with incredible kirsch, ground herbs, pepper and hints of olive tapenade-like aromas and flavors, this beauty is full-bodied and flawless on the palate, with ultra-fine tannin structure, building richness and a finish that just won't quit. Given its depth of fruit, it's a sheer joy to drink even today, yet will continue to knock it out of the park over the coming decade or more.

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WS
96

Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth

This is loaded with notes of fig cake, braised chestnut, boysenberry and raspberry ganache, and dark licorice, all held together by dense, ripe tannins. The powerful finish turns even darker, with espresso and baker's chocolate notes providing a pleasant tinge of bitterness on the frame.

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Community Reviews

97

DartAdam Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 07/19/2012 Drink Dates: 2012-2025

This is fabulous juice. Rich, aromatic, palate busting fruit with great structure and tannins. Delicate and muscular at the same time.

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