2012 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum Magnum - 99 pts - 1500ml

2012 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum Magnum - 99 pts - 1500ml

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2012 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum Magnum - 99 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 2012
Rating 99 RP
Bottle Size 1500 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Rhone
Location Southern Rhone
Producer Clos Saint Jean
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Winery Details

Varietal Grenache
Vintage 2012
Rating 99 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 99 RP - 2012 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum Magnum - 99 pts The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum is a singular wine and comes from a small plot of ancient Grenache vines that are located on the famed La Crau lieu-dit, on the eastern edge of the appellation, near Vieux Telegraphe. It offers an insane bouquet of cassis, kirsch and black raspberry intermixed with sweet licorice, toasted spice and ground pepper that's to die for. This is followed by a massive, full-bodied, seamless wine that has building tannin, no hard edges and a finish that won't quit. The only problem here is that it's almost impossible to get your hands on a bottle (there are roughly 200 magnums to go around). It's certainly in the same ballpark as the 2009 and 2010, and will have two decades of longevity, although it should be firing on all cylinders in 5-6 years. RP

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