2020 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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JD 96 WS 96 WA 94 VN 94
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, November 2022

In contrast to the bigger, richer Deus-Ex Machina, the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Combe Des Fous is all about finesse and elegance, probably due to the inclusion of Cinsault and Vaccarese in the blend. Deeper...
WS 96

Wine Spectator, January 2022

Pumps out heady raspberry, mulberry and blackberry compote notes that keep form and direction, thanks to a roasted apple wood spine and flanking ganache, garrigue and warm earth notes. Seriously grippy finish. Grenache...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2023

(94+ points) The 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous is an assemblage of 60% Grenache (planted in 1905 on sandy soils and typically raised in concrete), 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 10% Vaccarese (these are...
VN 94

Vinous, June 2023

The 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsaut and Vaccarèse. The 2020 La Combe des Fous offers up intense aromas of cooked red and black fruits, cloves, licorice, dried herbs and...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15%
Closure Cork

Allow me to introduce you to the exquisite 2020 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous. This remarkable red wine hails from the prestigious Chateauneuf du Pape appellation in the Southern Rhone region of France. Crafted by the renowned producer, Clos Saint-Jean, this wine is a true testament to the artistry and expertise of winemaking.

In the glass, the wine displays a deep ruby-purple hue that captivates the eye. The nose is greeted with an exotic perfume that combines the enticing aromas of both red and blue fruits. Notes of smoked game, spring flowers, and peppery herbs add layers of complexity and intrigue. This vintage, in particular, showcases slightly darker fruited characteristics compared to previous years, lending it a sense of depth and maturity.

On the palate, the 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous reveals itself as medium to full-bodied, boasting a seamless mouthfeel that is velvety and luxurious. The tannins are wonderfully integrated, providing structure and support to the wine's rich flavors. It culminates in a great finish that leaves a lasting impression.

The blend of this wine is composed of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and the remaining portion is made up of Vaccarese and Cinsault. These grape varieties contribute to the wine's finesse and elegance, showcasing the unique terroir of the region.

Leading wine critics have bestowed high praise upon this exceptional vintage. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it a remarkable score of 96 points, highlighting its finesse and layered complexity. Wine Spectator also awarded it 96 points, emphasizing the heady fruit notes and grippy finish. Vinous, too, was impressed, awarding it a score of 94 points and noting its intense aromas and balanced structure.

With an alcohol percentage of 15.0%, this wine possesses the power and concentration to age gracefully for the next 15-20 years. However, it already offers incredible pleasure and can be enjoyed now with great delight. Whether you are a seasoned wine connoisseur or a passionate enthusiast, the 2020 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous is a wine that demands attention and appreciation.