2011 Clos Saint-Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Clos Saint-Jean’s white wines continue to improve with each vintage. Their finest to date is the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc, a 500-case blend of equal parts Roussanne, Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc that is aged half in barrel and half in tank. It reveals plenty of honeysuckle, tangerine, white currant and quince notes in its full-bodied personality. Drink it over the next 2-4 years.
Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc. Intense, well-integrated nose. Lots of acidity. But also lots of silky fruit density. Well done! Though still tight.
A blend of one-third each Greanche Blanc, Clairette and Roussanne half vinified in oak and half in vat. Medium-bodied, with floral aromatic and flavors and a bit of a honeyed tone. Vibrant and pretty. "Since 2003, when Pascal and Vincent Maurel took over this estate after their father's passing, Clos Saint-Jean has gone from strength to strength," writes Robert Parker. "They have always owned great vineyards, and they had the foresight to hire a brilliant consulting oenologist, Philippe Cambie. The result has been instant stardom, and a succession of world-class wines...A large estate for Chateauneuf du Pape (over 110 acres), Clos Saint-Jean's history dates back to 1900, with the first Maurel taking control in 1930. The majority of their holdings are in the southeastern sector of the appellation, including significant parcels in La Crau, Les Combes and St.-Jean." (10/2012) 14% abv.