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2005 Clos Saint Jean - Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous (1.5L)

Wine Spectator 96
Varietal Vaccarese , Grenache , Syrah , Cinsault
Category Reds
Region France, Rhone Valley
Producer Clos Saint Jean

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2005 Clos Saint Jean - Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous (1.5L)



The Les Combes vineyard is the source of grapes and namesake for this cuvée from Clos Saint Jean. One of three limited bottlings from this estate, the Combe des Fous tends to be a bit more suave than the Deus Ex Machina and Sanctus Sanctorum cuvées. These are our last bottles.

Wine Spectator  

"This is loaded with notes of fig cake, braised chestnut, boysenberry and raspberry ganache, and dark licorice, all held together by dense, ripe tannins. The powerful finish turns even darker, with espresso and baker's chocolate notes providing a pleasant tinge of bitterness on the frame. Best from 2011 through 2030. 290 cases made." James Molesworth

Wine Advocate  

"One of the candidates for the wine of the vintage is the extraordinary 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous (same blend and elevage). Probably the best cuvee of this wine yet made, the wine has a saturated purple color to the rim as well as an extraordinary nose of blackberry, blueberry, black truffle, incense, lavender, and a hint of graphite. The wine is remarkably concentrated, spectacularly pure, full-bodied, with amazing length of well over a minute. This wine is a “wow, wow” sort of wine, a profoundly great Chateauneuf du Pape. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025+." Robert Parker

International Wine Cellar  

"Deep red. Dark cherry, cassis, cola and graphite on the nose, with a deeper licorice quality building with air. Deep, rich and smoky, with chewy cherry and dark berry flavors firmed by dusty tannins. Becomes more peppery with air, showing its syrah side, as it did last year. This one will require patience." Josh Raynolds

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