Robert Parker – 96
“As Robert Parker noted upon release, the 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina is the wine of the vintage. After ten years, it shows no sign of giving up that title, remaining rich, velvety and long. It’s evolved in a meaty-savory direction, losing sweet fruit but retaining concentration, spicy complexity and tremendous length. It should continue to drink well through at least 2025.”
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025
Vinous – 92
Vivid ruby. Seductively perfumed nose evokes raspberry preserves, potpourri and incense, with an intense spicy quality picking up power with aeration. Sappy red and dark berry flavors are silky in texture and complicated by rose pastille, clove and star anise nuances. Already very complex, highlighted by excellent finishing lift and a hint of medicinal cherry. This doesn’t taste like it came from a difficult vintage.