Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous 2017 / 750 ml.

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RP95+95–97 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Aug 2018
Ripe, rich and full-bodied but not quite over the top, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous shows great depth and power. Hints of dusty earth and licorice add nuance to the plummy flavors, which also carry hints of dried fruit and chocolate on the long finish.

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RP95+ 95–97 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (31st Aug 2018)

Ripe, rich and full-bodied but not quite over the top, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous shows great depth and power. Hints of dusty earth and licorice add nuance to the plummy flavors, which also carry hints of dried fruit and chocolate on the long finish.

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Located along the path of the Rhone River, the Rhone wine region in southeastern France is beautiful and very productive. It's typically divided into two sub-regions, the Northern Rhone and Southern Rhone, and the wines produced in these sub-regions are very different from one another.

The southern Rhone is warm and dry, and produces robust, full-flavored red wines, oftentimes blends with Grenache used as the primary grape. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is without question the most celebrated town for wine production in the Southern Rhone region.

Meanwhile, the Northern Rhone features a cooler climate and steep-sloped vineyards. Syrah is the dominant red grape, and the wines are typically tannic, deeply colored, and highly acidic wines (which leads them to get better with age).

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The French did not invent winemaking. They simply perfected it. For centuries, France has been producing wines that inspire poetry, awe, and wonder; wines that blur the lines between nature, craftsmanship, cuisine and art. These are the wines that inspired cultures around the globe to follow in France’s footsteps, planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Semillon and more.

Yet as often as they are emulated, the magic of their terroirs can never be duplicated. You may taste Cabernet from around the world, but perhaps none as elegant and regal as Bordeaux. You may try Pinot Noir or Chardonnay from various climates, but none with the earth-bound soul and ethereal reach of Burgundy.

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SKU 90565
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous
Country France
Region Rhone
District Southern Rhone
Product Location - Location-Appellation Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 16%
Wine/Spirit Brand Clos Saint Jean
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2017
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Grenache
Primary Grape Grenache
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 29, 2024
This has good concentration and energy to the dense core of dark fruit and bitter cherry, with great poise and elegance despite its ripeness (an impressive feat for the vintage). Guided by finely crushed mineral accents and tannins, this reveals pretty high-toned floral notes and leafy tobacco. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Vaccarese and Muscardin. Drink now through 2032. 900 cases made. (Kristen Bieler)
JD9393 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 10/30/2023
More garrigue, Provençal herbs, pepper, and ripe framboise and cherry notes all emerge from the 2021 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes, another beautiful 2021 from this estate that has a gorgeous sense of purity and elegance. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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SP9797 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 28, 2023
Boasts bitter plum, raspberry and black cherry reduction notes that have a lively savory, garrigue streak, while grippy-edged tar, tobacco and ganache notes pepper the finish. Muscular and dense but the cut is there, and the fruit core takes a late encore for good measure. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2025 through 2040. 500 cases made, 56 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
JD95+95–97+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/3/2021
As always, the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Deus-Ex Machina (60/40 Grenache and Mourvèdre) is a more powerful, mineral-laced wine, offering a fabulous nose of cassis, blackcurrants, ground pepper, Provençal herbs, and cured meats. This full-bodied, concentrated 2020 has incredible purity of fruit, silky yet building tannins, and a great finish. It should round into form with just short-term cellaring and have two decades of longevity. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 29, 2024
The generous core of sappy cherry and red licorice in this red shows a lot of warmth and plushness—and a lot of integrity. Though heady and ripe, this has a pleasing herbal thread and tangy acidity to maintain good balance. A wall of finely crushed iron is seamlessly integrated, with a kiss of singed alder on the finish. A gorgeous wine. Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Vaccarèse. Drink now through 2035. 80 cases imported. (Kristen Bieler)
JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 10/30/2023
The 2021 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Combe Des Fous is a normal blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and the rest Vaccarèse and Cinsault. Slightly deeper hued compared to the Vieilles Vignes, it has an incredibly Burgundian style in its ripe cherry and raspberry fruits as well as leafy herbs, graphite, and floral, spicy aromas and flavors. Ultra-fine, medium to full-bodied, and exceedingly elegant, with silky tannins, it’s a dead ringer for a great Clos Vougeot. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - August 28, 2018
The same Grenache-dominated blend as the base cuvée, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes comes from older vines and is released solely for the US market. It’s a step up and is reminiscent of the 2010 with its depth, concentration, and purity. Black cherries, kirsch, licorice, and crushed rock notes all emerge from this ultra-fine, beautifully polished 2016 that does everything right. Don’t miss it. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Aug 2018
The assemblage for the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is the same as for the “regular” Châteauneuf-du-Pape, at 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and the rest a blend of Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Vaccarèse. The difference is that the Grenache in this wine was planted in 1905. And what a difference that makes. This is dark, plummy and rich but still vibrant and fresh. Full-bodied, velvety and intense, it boasts a super finish, again loaded with intriguing notes of licorice and spice. At around $50 (I’ve seen it online for as little as $40 to $45), this is a superb value in the overall scheme of CdP.
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2018
Rock-solid, with a core of plum and raspberry paste flavors infused liberally with blood orange, singed sandalwood and dried anise notes. The light chalky structure marries well with the fruit. Best from 2020 through 2033. 870 cases imported.
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SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 28, 2023
Leads with warm ganache and fig bread notes, followed quickly by raspberry reduction accents that take some time to unwind. Showcases plum pâte de fruit, sanguine and black licorice notes, with a flicker of Turkish coffee underscoring the finish and giving this a decidedly dark profile in the end. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Vaccarèse and Muscardin. Best from 2024 through 2038. 900 cases made, 670 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
JD92+92–94 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/3/2021
The 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes is cut from the same cloth as the base cuvée yet brings more mid-palate depth and richness. It’s a classic 2020, with elegance, freshness, and purity as well as loads of Provençal charm. It should drink nicely right out of the gate yet also evolve for 10–15 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/3/2021
A bigger, richer wine, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes has a similar style in its peppery garrigue, lavender, scorched earth, and licorice aromatics. It’s slightly darker fruited than the base cuvée and has a rock star of a mid-palate, building, sweet tannins, and a great finish. It’s one stunning bottle of wine to drink over the coming 10–15 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 28, 2022
Rich and seductive in style, featuring waves of warmed plum sauce and blackberry puree flavors laced with singed alder, licorice root and tobacco notes, with flashes of ganache and warm earth in the background. Everything stays well-defined through the finish, which offers a late echo of minerality. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Vaccarese and Muscardin. Best from 2023 through 2038. 900 cases made. (James Molesworth)
JD93+93–95 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 10/6/2020
A solid step up, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes offers more of everything, with a deeper ruby/purple color, stunning notes of blackcurrants, black raspberries, toasted spices, and Provençal garrigue, medium to full-bodied richness, a beautifully layered mouthfeel, and a great finish. This is another sexy, seamless wine from this team that I would certainly be thrilled to have in the cellar. As with the base cuvée, 20–15 years of prime drinking are ahead of it.
RP93+93–95 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
Intoxicating scents of ripe plums, dried spices and dark chocolate emerge on the nose of the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, a rich, full-bodied effort that’s undeniably impressive as a pre-bottling sample. Dense and concentrated, it somehow manages to retain a sense of freshness, perhaps the influence of the long, anise-tinged finish.
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JD97+97+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - August 16, 2019
Deeper colored, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Chaupin comes mostly from the Chaupoin lieu-dit yet always has small parts from La Janasse and a sandy part of the La Crau lieu-dit. Blackberries, ground herbs, graphite, and new leather notes all emerge from this concentrated, rich, powerful wine that stays tight, focused, and elegant on the palate. It’s a killer wine, but it’s going to need time. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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The 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin (100% Grenache) comes from the northern part of the appellation, mostly from the lieu-dit of the same name. A small part comes from the La Janasse lieu-dit as well as La Crau (this cuvée gets the sandy part of their vines in La Crau). It’s a beautiful, elegant barrel sample that has classic notes of black raspberries, kirsch, pepper, and some crushed rocks. Only partially destemmed and brought up in a mix of foudre and demi-muids, mostly neutral, it’s full-bodied, has remarkable purity, a decidedly floral character, and a great finish.
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The all-Grenache 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin is sourced from sandy soils and ages in a combination of foudres and demi-muids. It shows more structure than the regular cuvée, supporting the ripe raspberry and blackberry fruit with bright acids and velvety tannins. Full-bodied and rich, it’s long, picking up hints of licorice on the finish.
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A tank sample of the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin (Grenache) showed terrific concentration, crisp acids and firm tannins. It lacks the prettiness and charm of the 2016, but it should still turn out excellent.
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 15, 2019
Warm cherry and plum paste flavors form the core, with melted red licorice, singed balsam and grilled herb notes. Reveals a gentle tug of earth at the very end. A strong effort for the vintage. Drink now through 2034. 504 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
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JD9494 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 8/16/2019
The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape checks in as 48% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 22% Mourvèdre brought up largely in foudres, with small amounts in old barrels and concrete tanks. Deeply colored (more so than normal) with powerful notes of blackberries, currants, ground pepper, leafy herbs, and hints of seaweed wrappers (think sushi wrappers), it hits the palate with a full-bodied concentrated, powerful style that carries polished tannins, ample fruit, and a great finish. Marking a subtle shift in style here, this red will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age. (Jeb Dunnuck)
VN93+93–94 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2019
Glistening ruby-red. Expansive, oak-spiced black and blue fruit and candied lavender aromas show sharp delineation, and a hint of garrigue builds with air. Stains the palate with sappy cassis, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that smoothly blend richness and energy. Fine-grained tannins sneak in stealthily on an impressively long, penetrating finish that echoes the vanilla and floral notes.
WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 3/1/2021
This is a plump, hedonistic blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre that pulsates with luscious strawberry, raspberry and fig flavors. It’s a sultry, supple sip marked with just a hint of leather and edged by fine, velveteen tannins. While it welcomes with open arms already, it should drink beautifully through 2030.
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Aug 2019
Domaine Sénéchaux has turned out a lovely 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape. Pencil shavings accent mixed red and black cherries on the nose, adding hints of baking spices and vanilla. It’s a blend of 48% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 22% Mourvèdre, aged mainly in foudres, with some barrels mixed in, and 10% staying in concrete tanks. Full-bodied, supple, ripe and intense, it’s modern in style and hits all the marks yet retains a sense of restraint. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent results.
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Mulled plum and blackberry flavors glide along, laced with hints of licorice root, dark tobacco and warm earth. Stays velvety in feel through the finish, with the earthy notes echoing longest. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Vaccarese. Drink now through 2027. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 7,500 cases made, 500 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
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WE9494 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 3/1/2021
A blend of Grenache (90%) and Mourvèdre (10%) fermented and matured entirely in stainless steel, this perfumed, blossomy red shines a spotlight on lustrous boysenberry and raspberry flavors. Sourced entirely from sandy soils, it’s full-bodied but oh-so-soft and airy. Fine, feathery tannins make it gorgeous in youth, but it’s concentrated enough to drink well through 2030. (Anna Lee C. Iijima)
RP91+91–93 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Aug 2019
This is the prettiest version of this cuvée I can remember tasting. As always, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Prestige Tres Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre from several sandy lieux-dits, and it will spend around three years in tank prior to bottling. At the moment, it’s showing delicate garrigue notes and kirsch on the nose, ample weight and creamy tannins on the mid-palate, then folds in complex notes of tea and dried spices on the long finish. Promising stuff.
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2017 / 750 ml.

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RP90+90–92 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2019
The 2017 Cairanne is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 10% Carignan. While a portion of the Syrah was aged in demi-muids, the rest of the wine matured in tank. It’s a ripe, plush, concentrated wine, loaded with black cherries and plums. Full-bodied and velvety, it’s impressively hedonistic stuff for drinking over the next 6–7 years.

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JD9494 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 8/16/2019
Awesome notes of kirsch, camphor, graphite, and crushed flowers as well as plenty of savory minerality emerge from the 2017 Ventoux Il Etait Une Fois, a seamless, medium to full-bodied wine that makes the most of the vintage. This cuvée is always Grenache-dominated (there’s 10% each of Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Carignan, brought up all in foudre), and I suspect it will keep for 10–15 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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