2017 Clos Saint-Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1425081 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 As always, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes has a touch more dark fruits, more concentration, and more structure, which makes it less approachable but more age-worthy. Blackcurrants, ground pepper, bouquet garni, crushed rocks, and garrigue notes all emerge from this structured, focused, yet ripe and beautifully textured Châteauneuf Du Pape that's going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age. 94+ *#10 Top 100 Wines of 2019*  (8/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes starts off with scents of tapenade, then adds ripe cherries and cola notes. Dark and concentrated, it's full-bodied and open-knit, perhaps a bit coarser than the elegant 2016, with a touch of chocolate on the long finish. The Grenache in this cuvée was planted in 1905, making this a relative value among old-vine offerings. (JC)  (8/2019)


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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/28/2019 | Send Email
Deep, intense yet restrained. This does what I want all great CdP's to do, flirt with power but seduce with complexity. This wine knows just where to stop and start, and makes me want to come back for more and more, and that is without my lips every touching the glass! it does the exact same thing on the palate. Starts rich and full with bold fruit but then lingers with subtle earthiness and muted herbs. This wine has my undivided attention, at least until I finished it.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2019 | Send Email
The 2017 vintage is another superlative expression from Chateauneuf du Pape and with no shortage of great wines coming from the region, Clos Saint Jean gets top marks. This full-bodied and saturated wine gives length and intensity with its profound fruit flavors of cassis, kirsch and roasted dates. Sexy now, expressive and supple tannins but will yield its best with just a few short years in the cellar. Yet another gem from another outstanding vintage!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine isn’t a vision of effusive, super ripe fruit; it’s restrained, and shows lots of dark fruit in a focused, more linear manner. On the palate the wine has some tannin, but shows a broad richness accented by a vibrant acidity. Definitely not a over-ripe year for the Rhone. The flavors are concentrated, centered, and show more dark fruit, garrigue, herb and spice. The finish is long, showing lots of dark spice and shows good balance. Not a short term wine but this wine will do very well with some cellaring.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape