2009 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous

  • Proprietary Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA 99
  • RR 98
  • WS 94
  • IWC 94

Reviews for 2009 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous

WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014
A wine that blew me away, and the best bottle of this I've tasted, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Combe des Fous gave up exotic and intense aromas and flavors of ground pepper, kirsch liqueur, incense, white chocolate and... A wine that blew me away, and the best bottle of this I've tasted, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Combe des Fous gave up exotic and intense aromas and flavors of ground pepper, kirsch liqueur, incense, white chocolate and crushed flowers. About as seamless and sexy as they come, this extraordinary Chateauneuf boasts incredible concentration, no hard edges and insane length on the finish. Much more forward and open than the 2010, drink it over the coming 10 to 15 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
RR 98
Rhone Report - The Rhone Report, September 2011
About as elegant and seamless as Châteauneuf-du-Pape gets the brilliant 2009 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous is a blend of 60% old vine Grenache 20% Syrah 10% Cinsault and 10% Vaccarese. While the... About as elegant and seamless as Châteauneuf-du-Pape gets the brilliant 2009 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous is a blend of 60% old vine Grenache 20% Syrah 10% Cinsault and 10% Vaccarese. While the Grenache is aged entirely in tank the Syrah is aged in demi-muids. Sporting massive aromatics of incense meat juice flowers spice and loads of licorice-drenched red fruits that literally leap from the glass the wine is full-bodied and simply perfectly put together. Seamless very rich and yet not heavy or cumbersome in the least this firms up beautifully on the finish and highlights very fine polished tannin. Quite possibly the wine of the vintage this is heavenly stuff that should age effortlessly for two decades.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, August 2011
This is packed with flavors of dark plum boysenberry preserves and licorice but comes across as silky and perfumy with gorgeous mouthfeel and alluring incense and Lapsang souchong tea notes that help the finish cruise... This is packed with flavors of dark plum boysenberry preserves and licorice but comes across as silky and perfumy with gorgeous mouthfeel and alluring incense and Lapsang souchong tea notes that help the finish cruise seamlessly. Grenache Syrah Cinsault and Vaccarèse. Drink now through 2021. 452 cases made. -JM
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2012
Full ruby. An exotic highly perfumed bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves star anise and a whiff of Grand Marnier. Juicy palate-coating raspberry and boysenberry flavors show a felicitous blend of power and... Full ruby. An exotic highly perfumed bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves star anise and a whiff of Grand Marnier. Juicy palate-coating raspberry and boysenberry flavors show a felicitous blend of power and vivacity with no rough edges and slow-building spiciness. Closes on a sweet note with lingering anise and floral notes.
JJB 96
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, April 2011
60% grenache 20% syrah 10% cinsault and 10% vaccarese. Based upon fruit sourced from the Le Crau lieu-dit which includes a 106-year-old plot of grenache. This cuvée's savory qualities are the primary focus of the bouquet... 60% grenache 20% syrah 10% cinsault and 10% vaccarese. Based upon fruit sourced from the Le Crau lieu-dit which includes a 106-year-old plot of grenache. This cuvée's savory qualities are the primary focus of the bouquet at this point backed by notes of fresh earth dried meat and dusty herbs. The flavors here lack a bit of precision with warm fruit textures that are ripe and almost viscous on the backpalate. The tannins are fine with notes of dark spice peppering the finish. Should be best in 10-12 years.