2005 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus-Ex Machina Clos Saint Jean, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
|Producer||Clos Saint Jean|
|Grape Variety||Red Rhône Blend|
|Packaging||Original Cardboard Case|
|Duty Status||In Bond|
|Provenance||Purchased by Liquid Assets from a UK-based merchant; securely stored in a climate-controlled bonded facility|
100 Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate (August 2014)
I’ve been lucky enough to have the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus ex Machina numerous times over the past year, and while still youthful, it’s starting to shows hints of evolution and secondary nuances. Cassis, crushed rocks, graphite, beef blood and iron-like aromas and flavors are all present here, and it offers incredible depth and richness on the palate, with gorgeous purity, masses of tannin and a rock-star finish. A wine that could make you run out of adjectives, it too is another wine that goes flying off the scale.
94 Josh Raynolds, Vinous (January 2008)
Dark ruby. Powerful and exotically perfumed bouquet of raspberry, anise, garrigue and cured tobacco. Rich cherry-cola and blackberry preserve flavors threaten to overwhelm the palate but are reined in by zesty minerality.
Supple tannins build and carry through a long, sappy finish, with the cassis flavor repeating. Very young but packed with seductively pure fruit.