2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina
By Domaine du Clos Saint Jean
2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina by Domaine du Clos Saint Jean
Graceful yet robust; this is the underlying ethos of the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina from Domaine du Clos Saint Jean. 2017 was a somewhat challenging year, shadowed by the tumultuous climatic swings that saw devastating frosts alternating with blistering heat waves; nonetheless, it’s in such crucibles that captivating wines are often born.
Vintner's Labour, Investor's Pride
Safeguarding investments and delighting the palate; this is the miraculous duality incarnate in the 2017 Deus Ex Machina. A jewel of Rhone winemaking, Domaine du Clos Saint Jean has a reputation for weathering adversity and ensuring a consistently high yield. The low volume due to the severe climate increases rarity value, making this wine an especially prudent investment.
In each sip of this illustrious wine, you will discern the vigneron's unstinting diligence interwoven with Mother Nature’s caprice. The structured, Syrah-infused Grenache blend posits an aristocratic depth, brimming with velvety tannins.
Matured under capricious climes, Conceived for divine pleasure
The story of the 2017 Rhone vintage reflects the wine's critical acclaim: adversity may be challenging but it is also a mother of creation. Despite makeshift climatic conditions, Domaine du Clos Saint Jean confronted nature's whimsy, gleaning fruits that birthed an opulent yet balanced wine.
Expressive hints of ripe black cherries, peppered with spicy undertones, unfold leisurely on the palate. These sensual flavours come underpinned by an enchanting, earthy backbone - a palpable testament to Rhone’s diverse terroir. The luxurious, yet balanced finish makes Our 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina from Domaine du Clos Saint Jean a sure stunner and a wine investment worth savoring.
Indeed, such is the drama and triumph of the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina from Domaine du Clos Saint Jean. Here is a vintage that embodies the resolve of vignerons and rewards the discerning investors' palate with abundant finesse. It is a stellar testament to Domaine du Clos Saint Jean's commitment to excellence despite the odds. A siren call to those looking for depth and gratifying returns in each investment bottle they uncork.
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Scores and tasting notes
With its more discreet oak and layers of complexity, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina is my favorite release here this year. Layers of dried spices accent raspberries and cherries in this full-bodied, rich and velvety wine. It's more complex and complete than either the Combe des Fous or the Sancto Santorum, longer on the finish and supremely elegant.
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 30 August 2019