Clos Saint-Jean Deus Ex Machina Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

Item No. 131666
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP100
  • WS96
  • ST94
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2012
  • RP100
  • WS96
  • 2011
  • RP99
  • ST95
  • WS93

Winemaker's Notes

"God from the machine" which is the literal translation of the Latin expression "Deus Ex Machina". In other words, divine intervention which radically modified the course of things. In the universe of theatre, "Deus Ex Machina" translates into an unexpected turn of events thanks to an external event that nothing foreshadowed. At Clos Saint-Jean, the name of this cuvee symbolizes the unexpected changing of course that has been enacted at Clos Saint-Jean since 2003.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus-Ex Machina is utter perfection in the glass – an awesome wine both comparable to and eclipsing the otherworldly 2003. Saturated purple to the rim, with an extraordinary nose of incense, fruitcake, blackberry and black cherry notes with some subtle roasted herbs, roast beef, smoke, and licorice, massive fruit concentration, extraordinary intensity, unreal purity and harmony, and a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, and alcohol, this is a tour de force in winemaking and certainly one of the most compelling Chateauneuf du Papes I have ever tasted. The length goes on well past a minute, and the wine should age effortlessly for 25-30+ years. The tannins are formidable according to consulting oenologist Philippe Cambie, but they are nearly obscured by the wine’s remarkable concentration and intensity. This is a riveting wine. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030+. "
100 Points

"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. Drink now through 2030. 540 cases made."
96 Points

"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."
94 Points

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Learn About Clos Saint-Jean

The prestigious Clos Saint Jean is run by the fourth generation of the Tacussel/Maurel family - Vincent and Pascal Maurel - under the tutelage of renowned oenologist Philippe Cambie. Clos Saint-Jean is considered by critics, sommeliers, and consumers alike to be among the top properties of the Southern Rhone. Robert Parker comments, The tasting of the five (2007) cuvees must...

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Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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