2007 Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf du Pape

2007 Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf du Pape

Appellation: Chateauneuf du Pape
Country: France
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The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape offers a sexy, sweet bouquet of currants, plums, figs, black cherries, licorice, and incense. The wine possesses dense, concentrated richness, undeniable opulence, and succulent flesh, suggesting it should drink well for 10-15 years.  RP 91-93

What a remarkable group of wines is emerging from proprietor Vincent Maurel, who works with the genius of Southern Rhone viticulture and winemaking, Philippe Cambie. A succession of superb wines began at this estate in 2003, when it finally began to live up to its superb potential (Clos Saint-Jean is one of the largest holders of top vineyards in Chateauneuf du Pape, with 120 acres, including some of the finest sites for old vine Grenache and Mourvedre). This may well be one of the most exciting addresses not only in France, but in the entire wine world. As the following notes testify, the 2006s are even more profound from bottle than they were from foudre and demi-muids. Moreover, 2007 may be the finest vintage at Clos Saint-Jean since 2003. Readers should keep in mind that Maurel and Cambie have aged the old vine Grenache in old foudres and some 600-liter demi-muids, but the Syrah and Mourvedre components are kept in small barrels. In short, these wines are not to be missed! To reiterate, as mind-blowing as the 2007s are, I believe that along with Clos des Papes and a handful of other domaines, Clos St.-Jean’s 2006s are the wines of the vintage.

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