Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous Clos St Jean 2008

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"Another shocker in the best sense is the 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous. As I wrote last year, this is one of the most complex and concentrated wines of the vintage. An extraordinary perfume of white chocolate, roasted Provencal herbs, lavender, licorice, black cherries and sweet black currants is followed by a broad, expansively flavored wine with a superb full-bodied texture, terrific purity and a 40+ second finish. In fact, the tannins are such that 1-2 years of bottle age may be beneficial. This 2008 should evolve for 15 years. It is almost impossible to believe that something like this could have been achieved in this vintage...94" WA 10/10 "A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, and 10% Vaccarèse, the 2008 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous is silky and elegant, especially when compared to the Deus-Ex Machinas brawny profile. Subtle licorice, meat, and underbrush notes follow deep red and black fruits on the nose. These lead to a structured, medium to full bodied wine thats beautifully balanced, textured and long. This is drinkable now but given the balance and solid underlying structure, should easily last for 10 to 12 years...93" Rhone Report 08/10

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Color: Red
Variety: Rhone
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"Another shocker in the best sense is the 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous. As I wrote last year, this is one of the most complex and concentrated wines of the vintage. An extraordinary perfume of white chocolate, roasted Provencal herbs, lavender, licorice, black cherries and sweet black currants is followed by a broad, expansively flavored wine with a superb full-bodied texture, terrific purity and a 40+ second finish. In fact, the tannins are such that 1-2 years of bottle age may be beneficial. This 2008 should evolve for 15 years. It is almost impossible to believe that something like this could have been achieved in this vintage...94" WA 10/10 "A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, and 10% Vaccarèse, the 2008 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous is silky and elegant, especially when compared to the Deus-Ex Machinas brawny profile. Subtle licorice, meat, and underbrush notes follow deep red and black fruits on the nose. These lead to a structured, medium to full bodied wine thats beautifully balanced, textured and long. This is drinkable now but given the balance and solid underlying structure, should easily last for 10 to 12 years...93" Rhone Report 08/10

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