2007 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum Magnum - 100 pts - 1500ml

2007 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum Magnum - 100 pts - 1500ml

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2007 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum - 100 pts

Clos Saint-Jean is a prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape producer based in the famous lieu-dit La Crau. The winery gained critical recognition in the early 2000s and is now in the top echelon of quality southern Rhône producers. Saint-Jean makes five red and one white Chateauneuf-designated wines from the permissible regional grapes, of which Grenache is the most important. They also make a red Vin de Pays.

The estate was founded by Edmund Tacussel in 1900 and began bottling its own wine for commercial sales in 1910, almost two decades before Châteauneuf-du-Pape became an officially designated appellation. The winery remains family owned and operated, having been inherited by Tacussel's grandsons. Saint-Jean gained real prominence after hiring influential consultant Philippe Cambie in 2002. Robert Parker's reviews of the subsequent vintages have since made the estate famous, with three of its wines earning Parker's coveted 100-point score across multiple vintages.

     


Product Details

Varietal Grenache
Vintage 2007
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 1500 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Rhone
Location Southern Rhone
Producer Clos Saint Jean
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 100 RP - 2007 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum - 100 pts The following three wines are as great as money can buy, and all three represent extraordinary achievements. I never tasted the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum (translated as “Holy of Holies”) before this trip, and I ended up purchasing a magnum to enjoy in Paris with friends. There are only 350 magnums produced from a vineyard of old vine Grenache planted in 1905. This wine was aged in one demi-muid for 12 months prior to being bottled with neither fining nor filtration. Much lighter in color (medium dark ruby) than any of the four previous cuvees, and it does not have the texture and pure weight of the Combe des Fous, Vieilles Vignes, or Deus-Ex Machina. It reminded me of the 1990 Rayas when that wine was 2-3 years of age. An extraordinary expression of old vine Grenache, it exhibits classic aromas of licorice and kirsch liqueur that are so intense they could fill a large room. Ethereal in the mouth, this is a profound example of how a wine of extraordinary concentration, multilayers of flavor, and remarkable intensity can be relatively light on its feet, never tasting heavy or tiring. This is an exceptional effort, but given how limited it is, and the fact that there are only magnums available, it will be about as difficult to find as it is getting a personal appointment with the Pope in Rome. The essence of Grenache, it is an elixir of extraordinary proportions, and another tour de force from this remarkable winery that has simply turned Chateauneuf du Pape on its side with the efforts they have produced since 2003. The Sanctum Sanctorum should easily evolve for 25-30+ years. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Grenache
Vintage 2007
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 1500 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Rhone
Location Southern Rhone
Producer Clos Saint Jean
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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