One of the fun parts of this job (at times) is poking around back and finding some lost treasures that my friend Craig (aka the wine hoarder) has stashed back there. Although it may go against much of the modern, “big box” sales mentality, where aged inventory is is a crime against humanity, in a small shop like ours, it makes sense as it gives our selection depth.
Since we are having such a cool summer, mid-July seems like the right time to trot out these rare selections from Clos Saint Jean, a famed Chateauneuf-du-Pape producer who works in La Crau.
If you are concerned about points, I have included the ratings from the Wine Advocate. -Sheb
2011 Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape “Deux Ex Machina” $170/98 Points
2012 Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape “Deux Ex Machina” $170/98 Points
This cuvée has been made since 2003 and always the darling of the winery. The blend is 60% Grenache & 40 % Mourvèdre. It’s a silky, massive show boat of a wine.
2011 Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape “La Combe Des Fous” $130/97 Points
2012 Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape “La Combe Des Fous” $130/96 Points
This translates to the “combe of the foolish, or crazy”. A combe, in geological terms, refers to a basin at the base of a limestone or chalk escarpment. This is an ancestral plot that was planted by the grandfather. The blend here is 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsau lt & 10% Vaccarèze, a minor Rhône variety you don’t hear too much about these days.
2012 Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape “Sanctus Sanctorum” $800/Magnum Only/99 Points
This is a true cult wine, only bottled in Magnums and always very limited in production, elaborated from an ancient plot of Grenache vines in La Crau.