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2007 Clos St-Jean - Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous

FRANCE / RHONE / CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
  • 100 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 154034-2007-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($400) Inky ruby. Pungent, strongly perfumed bouquet of ripe dark berries, cherry compote, olive and floral oils. Smooth, palate-coating mulberry and kirsch flavors are complicated by candied lavender and rose qualities that gain power with aeration. The floral element dominates the very long, spicy, strikingly pure finish. This is extremely sexy now but clearly destined for a long life.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2010
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Grenache Noir 60%, Syrah 20%, Cinsault 10%, Vaccarese 10%Tarry and rich. Lively and rather floral fruit with excellent balance. Not the most dramatic wine, but there is great balance here. And enormous energy too. I don't see how anyone would be disappointed by this wine. What a lovely drink!
    Drink Dates: 2011-2019
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    On another level, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Combe des Fous is a monumental bottle of wine that-s hardly budged since I first tasted it on release. Giving up heavenly aromas and flavors of black raspberries, cassis, incense, cured meats and exotic spices, this incredible effort flows onto the palate with a layered, impeccably balanced profile that carries massive concentration, polished tannin and a crazy length. Despite searching for something to be critical of, I came up empty.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    This has gorgeous aromas and mouthfeel, with freshly brewed Mocha Java, warm fig and incense notes up front, followed by dark, macerated currant and cherry fruit. The long finish is velvety and suave, with hints of mesquite, loam, licorice snap and sweet earth that just sail on.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2030
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Self | Rating: 17.5

    |Tarry and rich. Lively and rather floral fruit with excellent balance. Not the most dramatic wine, but there is great balance here. And enormous energy too. I don't see how anyone would be disappointed by this wine. What a lovely drink!| JancisRobinson.com (JR, 12/10/2008)
    Author: WineJunkie
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Stellar juice. Balanced, big, berry, minerals, leather, earth, lingering finish ... Smooth and powerful. This is a fun and evolving wine in the glass. The 2007 and 2005 from this house are just remarkable. Seek this one out! I have a few in the cellar and I'm excited to see how it evolves over the next decade. It's has plenty of heft to go the distance and will likely be better with a few more years under its belt.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2030
    Author: DartAdam
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. Clos St. Jean Clos St. Jean has become one of the most collected producers in Rhone.

While the Northern Rhône is known mostly for single-varietal wines from Syrah or Viognier, the Southern Rhône is known for complex blends. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.

The most widely planted variety, Grenache, dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. Syrah and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like Château de Beaucastel, Clos des Papes, or Domaine du Pegau.

Many New-World wine regions, particularly in California and Australia, have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from San Luis Obispo producers Saxum, Sine Qua Non, and Alban.

The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 502 bottles owned
  • 89 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 89 collectors)