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Clos Saint-Jean Deus Ex Machina Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006

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

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In 2006, only a handful of other producers in Chateauneuf du Pape hit the heights achieved by Clos St.-Jean with the following wine. The inky/ruby/purple-colored 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus-Ex Machina reveals notes of graphite, roasted meats, figs, plums, blackberries, and smoked herbs. The complex aromatic fireworks are followed by a full-bodied, rich, meaty wine with gorgeous purity, depth, and length. This cuvee should age effortlessly for two decades or more. How Vincent Maurel and Philippe Cambie were able to produce such stupendous wines in 2006 is remarkable. Readers should hasten to buy this wine ASAP!
WS 95
Wine Spectator
Nearly gushes with raspberry and fig sauce notes, but the ripe, lush fruit is harnessed by a superracy graphite underpinning, which allows notes of mineral, shiso leaf, braised fig and incense to stretch out the long, supersilky finish. Has impressive length and plenty of latent concentration.
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Clos Saint-Jean, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
2006 Deus Ex Machina Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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 rank among the greatest single tasting in the southern Rhone I have ever done in 30+ years of wine tasting. Last year I sensed something special was happening, and the bottled (2007) wines confirm that something rare had occurred in the vineyards and cellars of Clos Saint-Jean.” The estate now boasts four 100 point wines, sourced from their extraordinary old vine plots, including choice parcels in the famed La Crau district of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The raw material for this wine is what is deemed at many domaines suitable for their top end cuvees, yet at Clos Saint-Jean this is their classic bottling. This cuvee “Vieilles Vignes” is produced from the oldest vines of the
ENGMACHINA_2006 Item# 131667

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