2018 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum

Proprietary Blend - 1.5L
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jebdunnuck.com, October 2020

The tiny production 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum comes from a single parcel in the famed La Crau lieu-dit and is brought up in demi-muids. Released only in magnum, it’s consistently been one of the most...
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2020

When I visited in June 2019, the selection for the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum hadn't yet been done, so this is my first look at the wine. It's marked by the new oak demi-muids, with layers of vanilla and...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2018
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 16%

Behold, the 2018 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum, a wine that exudes elegance and finesse. Hailing from the prestigious Rhone region in France, this red gem is a true testament to the artistry of winemaking.

As you gaze upon the bottle, you are immediately captivated by its regal appearance. The label showcases the impeccable attention to detail that Clos Saint-Jean is renowned for. With its deep red hue and golden accents, it sets the stage for the sensory journey that lies within.

Crafted from a proprietary blend, this wine is a testament to the mastery of the winemaker. The 2018 vintage boasts an impressive alcohol percentage of 16.0%, a testament to its bold and robust nature. It is a wine that demands attention and rewards the discerning palate.

Renowned wine critic Jeb Dunnuck describes this wine as one of the most singular and brilliant expressions of Grenache in any vintage. The translucent ruby hue hints at the depth of flavors that await. The bouquet is a symphony of aromas, with notes of kirsch liqueur, ground pepper, cured meats, candle wax, garrigue, and Provençal spice dancing delicately on the nose.

On the palate, this beauty reveals itself with full-bodied richness and a seamless, Grand Cru Burgundy-like mouthfeel. The tannins are beautiful and perfectly integrated, providing structure and elegance. There are no hard edges here, only a harmonious balance that lingers on the palate. The finish is great, leaving a lasting impression that will continue to evolve over the next 15 years or more.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also praises this wine, noting the hedonistic appeal of its 100% Grenache composition. The new oak demi-muids lend layers of vanilla and cedar to the luscious cherry fruit, creating a symphony of flavors that dance across the palate. The slightly drying wood tannins add complexity and depth, further enhancing the overall experience.

In conclusion, the 2018 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum is a wine that embodies the essence of luxury and sophistication. Its impeccable craftsmanship, stunning aromatics, and seamless palate make it a true treasure worth savoring. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine is sure to leave a lasting impression on any wine aficionado fortunate enough to experience its splendor.