Clos-Saint-Jean, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Deus ex Machina, 2009

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

Clos-Saint-Jean, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Deus ex Machina, 2009

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France



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Grape Varietes: Grenache, Mourvèdre Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: Philippe Cambie Optimum Drinking: 2017-2035 Reviewer Rating: 99 Reviewer: Code: 102754
Estate Notes

Clos-Saint-Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Deus ex Machina 2009 was purchased inits original wooden case and comes from an excellent Rhône vintage.

Clos-Saint-Jean has risen to fame in Chateauneuf-du-Pape in just over a decade, since owner Vincent Maurel engaged the hugely talented winemaker Phillippe Cambrie. This 120-acre estate boasts some of the finest parcels of vines in the entire appellation, of which Cambrie has teased out the very best produce.

Yields have been reduced and the varieties are aged separately; the Grenache in large foudres and the Mourvedre in smaller barrels, before the wine is bottled without fining or filtration. If we were to recommend one wine that epitomises the greatness of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, this would be it.


"The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus ex Machina is an extroverted, open and insanely perfumed effort that boasts killer blackberry and kirsch-styled fruit to go with layers of spring flowers, exotic spice and graphite. As are all of these efforts, it’s full-bodied, deeply concentrated and textured on the palate, with masses of sweet tannin. It will be better in a couple years and evolve gracefully for two decades, but it’s hard to resist right now.”

"Dense but velvety, with gorgeous ganache and espresso giving way to dark fig, hoisin sauce and warm currant confiture. Lots of well-embedded charcoal and tobacco add cut and length to the hefty but driven finish. Grenache and Mourvèdre." Wine Spectator