Clos Saint-Jean "Deus Ex Machina" Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
"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.
Blend: 60% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre.
"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. "
The Wine Advocate
"Vivid ruby. Explosive aromas of raspberry, cherry-cola, potpourri and anise. Vibrant and precise on entry, then broad and fleshy in the mid-palate, showing a creamy, liqueur-like quality to its red berry and floral pastille flavors. Juicy, intense and expansive, with impressive depth, focus and finishing power. I was looking for tannins and couldn't find them underneath this wine's flamboyant fruit. 93-95 points "
International Wine Cellar
"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 ganazhe stud the finish but stay in the background, letting the alluring fruit and lovely mouthfeel lead the way. "
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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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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