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2005 Clos St Jean - Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina

  • 100 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 136728-2005
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($105) Dark ruby. Powerful and exotically perfumed bouquet of raspberry, anise, garrigue and cured tobacco. Rich cherry-cola and blackberry preserve flavors threaten to overwhelm the palate but are reined in by zesty minerality. Supple tannins build and carry through a long, sappy finish, with the cassis flavor repeating. Very young but packed with seductively pure fruit.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    A lush, modern style, with silky layers of raspberry ganache and spice leading the way for notes of linzer torte, hoisin sauce and incense. Yet the accessiblity is deceptive, as this really picks up grip and steam, leaving a lingering note of Port reduction on the velvety, black fruit-filled finish.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    I've been lucky enough to have the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus ex Machina numerous times over the past year, and while still youthful, it's starting to shows hints of evolution and secondary nuances. Cassis, crushed rocks, graphite, beef blood and iron-like aromas and flavors are all present here, and it offers incredible depth and richness on the palate, with gorgeous purity, masses of tannin and a rock-star finish. A wine that could make you run out of adjectives, it too is another wine that goes flying off the scale.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
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  • Unlike estates with a long history of wine cultivation that spans multiple centuries in Rhone, Clos St. Jean is a relatively new gem in the region. It was founded by Edmund Tacussel, who spent 10 years perfecting his winemaking techniques on the estate before offering the first bottles on the market. The Clos St. Jean estate remained under many wine critics' radars until 2003, when Robert Parker praised wine released from the estate that year. Since then, Clos St. Jean has become one of the most collected producers in Rhone.

    Today, Pascal and Vincent Maurel manage the estate. They brought in Philippe Cambie in 2002 as their consultant. The vineyards of Clos Saint Jean are planted on 44 hectares located on the stony terroir of La Crau. 1 hectare of vines is reserved for grapes used in making white Chateauneuf du Pape wine. Clos Saint Jean believes in complete destemming of the berries. The maceration period is long and can last up to 35 days. The Grenache is never aged in any type of wood. The Mourvedre and Syrah is aged in a combination of one year old and two year old oak barrels.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 554 bottles owned
    • 107 collectors