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2005 Clos Saint Jean, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Combe des Fous 6x750ml

RP100VM91+

HK$11,122 / Case

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Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Robert Parker – 100

Up there with the ’07, yet in a different style, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Combe des Fous is a blockbuster that tops out on my scale. Exotic, perfumed and layered, with incredible kirsch, ground herbs, pepper and hints of olive tapenade-like aromas and flavors, this beauty is full-bodied and flawless on the palate, with ultra-fine tannin structure, building richness and a finish that just won’t quit. Given its depth of fruit, it’s a sheer joy to drink even today, yet will continue to knock it out of the park over the coming decade or more. Since taking control of the estate in 2002, and bringing on board rock-star consultant Philippe Cambie, the Maurel brothers have been knocking it out of the park in literally every vintage. 2004? Gorgeous wines and easily at the top in a recent retrospective. The cooler, rainy 2008? Beautiful ripeness and texture, and again, at the top of the hierarchy. 2011 is the same story, and it’s amazing what this team has accomplished in all of their vintages. Looking at this retrospective, we went through all of their cuvees going back to 2003. Unfortunately, there’s no new information here, and this tasting simply confirmed what myself and Robert Parker have been saying for some time now: Clos Saint Jean is at the top of their game and producing some of the most singular, hedonistic and brilliant wines in the world. Starting out with the classic Chateauneuf du Pape, it’s normally a blend of 75% Grenache, with the balance a mix of Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Muscardin and Vaccarese. As is common at this estate, the Grenache is aged all in tank, and the other varieties in a mix of tank and barrels. While I think this cuvee always lags the Vieilles Vignes bottling, it is consistently outstanding and always a super value. Moving to the old vine cuvee, this is made especially for the U.S. Market and is 85% tank-aged, old vine Grenache, and the balance Syrah and Mourvedre. It too almost always represents a crazy value and has a broad drink window. I’m currently finishing up a case of the -08, and purchased two cases of the 2010, which is just starting to open back up after closing down shortly after release. Moving to the Combe des Fous release, this cuvee comes from a single plot of vines and is based largely on Grenache, with roughly 20% Syrah and 10% each of Vaccarese and Cinsault in the blend. The Grenache is aged all in tank and the other components see time in mostly demi-muids. While the Deux ex Machina always impresses more with its overt power and muscle, this cuvee always seems more polished, fine and elegant to me. Importers: Eric Solomon, European Cellars, Charlotte, NC; tel. (704) 358-1565 [Jeb Dunnuck, 28/08/2014]

Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024

Vinous – 91+

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, 01/01/2008]

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