2011 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|
98 Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate (August 2014)
The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus ex Machina is a stunner in the vintage. Like the Combe des Fous, it has incredible elegance, as well as the forward, sexy nature of the vintage. Kirsch liqueur, currants, toast, sandalwood, and graphite are just some of the nuances here.
The wine hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a layered, seamless mouthfeel and beautifully polished tannin on the finish. Give it another year or two and drink it through 2026.
94 Josh Raynolds, Vinous (January 2014)
Bright ruby. An exotic bouquet displays red fruit preserves, cola, sandalwood and smoky minerals. Coats the palate with intense black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and picks up sweet floral pastille and fruitcake nuances with air.
Strikingly deep and focused on the finish, which clings with outstanding tenacity and harmonious tannins.
96-99 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (September 2012)
Always more rich and powerful, the 2011 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus-Ex Machina is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre. While the Grenache is always aged only in tank, the Mourvedre is aged in smaller barrels. Loaded with superb aromas of raspberry, blackberry, ground pepper, roasted herbs, licorice, and spice-box qualities, this awesome wine hits the palate with a full-bodied, seamless texture, fantastic concentration, and masses of ripe, polished tannin.
It is ripe, heady, and chewy on the finish, with fantastic length; it will be a thrill ride of wine to drink in its youth, but will also age beautifully.