2011 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $40)

SKU #1162438 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape offers gorgeous kirsch and strawberry-styled fruits to go with notions of spring flowers, licorice and rose petal. A perfumed, medium to full-bodied effort, it has loads of charm and class and will have a decade of overall longevity. (JD)  (8/2014)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Brilliant ruby. Black raspberry, lavender and white pepper on the expressive nose. Juicy and open-knit, offering lively red fruit flavors and a jolt of bracing acidity. Closes silky and sweet, with no obvious tannins and very good fruity persistence. This is already delicious. (JR)  (2/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark brownish crimson. Very spicy nose and lots of concentration. Really big and spicy with masses of alcohol but sufficient freshness too. A little dry on the end. For the long term! 17/20 points  (2/2013)

K&L Notes

Here is a great value wine. It displays delicious fruit along with soft tannins, and a big, projected bouquet of crushed herbs, black cherry jam and tobacco. With good acidity as well as medium to full body, it should drink nicely for a decade or more. "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," notes 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. Recently they also partnered with the California Central Coast's renowned Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non to produce another luxury cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape from mostly Mourvedre called Chimere. 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. In top vintages, Clos Saint-Jean produces five cuvees of red Chateauneuf du Pape, and the 2011s are successful across the board." (10/2012)

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Rhone Blends



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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 16