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2011 Clos Saint-Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus Ex Machina

  • 99 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 136728-2011-750-3A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Bright ruby. An exotic bouquet displays red fruit preserves, cola, sandalwood and smoky minerals. Coats the palate with intense black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and picks up sweet floral pastille and fruitcake nuances with air. Strikingly deep and focused on the finish, which clings with outstanding tenacity and harmonious tannins.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    More backward and reserved, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Deux-Ex Machina is a blend of 60% tank-aged Grenache and 40% Mourvedre that was aged in 600-liter demi-muids. Spectacular, not only in this vintage, but in any vintage, it offers up incredible notes of blackberry, fig, tree bark, mineral, spice-cake and pepper that flow to a full-bodied, seamless and perfectly proportioned palate. It possesses upward of two decades of longevity, and the only wine in the vintage to come anywhere close to this level of quality, also from the same producer, is the Comb des Fous. Hats off to the Clos Saint-Jean team for this amazing achievement. Drink 2015-2031.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    This is lush and velvety in feel from the start, gliding along with enticing plum sauce, melted black licorice and anise-soaked blackberry notes. Hints of charcoal and ganache stud the finish but stay in the background, letting the alluring fruit and lovely mouthfeel lead the way.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Self | Rating: 95

    dark ruby red with notes of forest floor and cherries, this is well integrated tannin. It's a defined, richly concentrated wine with a sustained finish.
    Author: Budzo
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

  • 147 bottles owned
  • 21 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 21 collectors)