Clos Saint Jean, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Deus ex Machina, Rhone, France 2010
"Offers an array of sappy dark fruit and floral flavors and suggestions of allspice, star anise and candied licorice. Finishes on a sweet note of candied lavender, with outstanding energy and focus." Josh Raynolds
|Grape Blend||Grenache, Mourvèdre|
Clos-Saint-Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Deus ex Machina 2010 was purchased in its original case and was rated a perfect 100 points by Robert Parker.
Clos-Saint-Jean has risen to fame in Châteauneuf-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 Mourvèdre in smaller barrels, before this fine red wine is bottled without fining or filtration. If we were to recommend one wine that epitomises the greatness of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this would be it.
"Deeper and richer, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus ex Machina has been nothing short of perfection on the 3-4 times I've been lucky enough to try it. Muscular and powerful, with a serious, full-bodied profile, it gives up incredible aromas and flavors of crème de cassis, licorice, graphite, beef blood and loamy earth. Like most 2010s at this stage, it's backwards and dense, and needs to be forgotten for another couple of years." robertparker.com
"Powerful, intensely perfumed aromas of black and blue fruits, potpourri and smoky Indian spices, with a bright mineral nuance adding vivacity. Offers an array of sappy dark fruit and floral flavors and suggestions of allspice, star anise and candied licorice. Finishes on a sweet note of candied lavender, with outstanding energy and focus." Josh Raynolds