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2012 Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Deus Ex Machina

ITEM 8303289 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
9 $120
Item Sold Amount Date
I8328192 9 $115 Jul 17, 2022
I8146838 1 $125 Mar 20, 2022
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RATINGS

97-100The Wine Advocate

...Deep, concentrated and dense, with a massive core of dark berry and currant fruit, graphite, ground pepper, pan drippings and dusty earth aromas and flavors, this blockbuster effort is incredibly full-bodied in the vintage...

96Wine Spectator

Big but deftly balanced, with tiers of fig, blackberry, black currant and plum fruit supported by baker’s chocolate, maduro tobacco, pepper, bay and roasted alder notes. The intense finish lingers. Impressive.

94Vinous / IWC

Complex, highly perfumed nose evokes fresh blackberry, cherry, spicecake and violet. Juicy, seamless and sweet on the palate, offering nuanced flavors of dark fruit liqueur, succulent herbs and candied flowers.

17Jancis Robinson

Dense and rich. Very satisfying on the finish. Extremely ambitious and it works – so long as you don't mind your red wine reminding you very strongly of port! Some heat on the finish.

PRODUCER

Clos Saint Jean

Clos Saint Jean was founded in 1900 in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and is still a small, family-run operation known for traditionally styled wines. The estate produces 12,500 cases annually. Brothers Pascal and Vincent Maurel run the business. Clos Saint Jean produces primarily Chateauneuf-du-Pape, including one white Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The quintessential blend is 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 4% Mourvedre, 3% Cinsault, 2% Vaccarese and 1% Muscardin. The Sanctus Sanctorum bottling, however, is 100% Grenache from vines planted in 1905. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that the fame of Clos Saint Jean “lies in the fact that they do not release their wines until they believe they are at the peak of perfection.”

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.