Clos Saint-Jean La Combe des Fous Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011

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

Item No. 127549
  • red wine
  • RP98
  • ST94
  • WS92
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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. "
98 Points

"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 "
94 Points

"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. "
92 Points

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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