Clos Saint-Jean "Vieilles Vignes" Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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"More rich and layered, with fantastic notes of blackberry liqueur, strawberry, garrigue and lavender, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (85% tank-aged Grenache and the balance Syrah and Mourvedre, fermented with some stem inclusion) is full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and has pure, polished tannin framing the finish nicely. It’s a gorgeous, even elegant, 2011 that will drink well for 12-15 years. Drink now-2027."
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby. Expressive aromas of red berry preserves, Asian spices, mocha and minerals, with a sexy floral quality; reminds me of a ripe New World pinot noir. Fleshy and smooth, with excellent clarity and spicy lift to its raspberry and cherry flavors. Repeats the floral note on the long, sweet, seamless finish. This will provide plenty of immediate appeal when it is finally released. 90-92 points "
International Wine Cellar
"A fresh, open, accessible style, offering silky-textured raspberry, black cherry and plum fruit, lined with hints of cinnamon, black tea and shiso leaf. The graceful finish lets the raspberry note echo. "
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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