In the year 1905, the great-grandfather of the Clos Saint-Jean, Edmond Tacussel, planted a vine in a valley. "But he is crazy!" exclaimed the contemporaries of his time "the stones are too large, he will never be able to work."
Today, some families possess some of the vines of this place and can recall the same stories. By consequence, the name of our wine is a throwback and dedication to the crazy people who gave birth to the best terroir of our appellation: La Crau.
Blend: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 10% Vaccareze.
"Boasting incredible aromatics, and a drop-dead gorgeous wine, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Combe des Fous checks in as a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 10% Vaccarese. Exotic and insanely perfumed, with aromas of kirsch, blackberry, exotic pepper, lavender and sandalwood (among other things), this full-bodied beauty hits the palate with brilliant richness and depth, masses of fine tannin and incredible length on the finish. A spectacular effort that transcends the vintage, it will thrill for 15 years or more. Don’t miss it! Drink 2014-2026. "
The Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby. Vibrant raspberry, anise and potpourri aromas pick up a smoky nuance with air. Juicy and sharply delineated, offering sweet red berry preserve and floral pastille flavors, with suave accents of cola and smoky minerals. Attractively sweet and open-knit, with excellent finishing cut and persistence. 92-94 points "
International Wine Cellar
"Very engaging, offering a blast of warm linzer torte and blackberry jam aromas, with flavors of silky textured plum sauce and cherry preserves. Dark licorice and singed apple wood accents give the finish cut and drive, while well-embedded acidity provides support. Drink now through 2025. "