In contrast (and almost as good), the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus ex Machina is an extroverted, open and insanely perfumed effort that boasts killer blackberry and kirsch-styled fruit to go with layers of spring flowers, exotic spice and graphite. As are all of these efforts, it’s full-bodied, deeply concentrated and textured on the palate, with masses of sweet tannin. It will be better in a couple years and evolve gracefully for two decades, but it’s hard to resist right now.
As one of the most highly acclaimed producers in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos Saint-Jean is recognized to produce upper echelon wines with critical recognition. In 1900 the estate was founded by Edmund Tacussel in the famous lieu-dit La Crau, and they were bottling commercial wines by 1910 before Châteauneuf-du-Pape was an official appellation. To this day the winery is family owned and operated, as well as assisted by influential consultant, Philippe Cambie. The estate practices sustainable farming and is known to macerate for extensive time which have helped three of their wines in earning 100 point scores from the coveted Robert Parker. Clos Saint-Jean is as devoted to the terroir as it is to the rich history that has given them their well-earned reputation known throughout France.
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