2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina
By Domaine du Clos Saint Jean
The 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina from Domaine du Clos Saint Jean, A Majestic Revelation from Rhone
There exist certain vintages that are embodiments of the harmonious ballet between mother nature's climate tapestry and man's masterful viticulture. With no hyperbole, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina from Domaine du Clos Saint Jean embodies this equilibrium, making it an investable delight for discerning oenophiles.
Climate's Bounty, Wine Lover’s Gain
The climatic conditions of Rhone in 2018 played a splendid part in shaping this masterpiece. Unlike its predecessor that contended with an unusually warm period followed by drastic cold spells, this vintage relished a more temperate trajectory. A long, hot summer paved the way for an unobstructed and meticulous harvest, availing a modern yet contemplatively classic brew that is both palatable today and endowed with immense ageing potential.
This ethereal symphony begins with provocative whispers of spiced dark fruits, transitioning into a crescendo of black raspberries, geraniums and licorice that gracefully pirouette on your palate.
Distinct Texture, Promising Investment
When swirled in the glass, the deeply saturated purple of the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina betrays its full-bodied character. The flavor exhibits a profound depth coupled with elegantly structured tannins and seamless alcohol integration. More than just a pleasure for the senses, its proverbial stamina makes it an enticing prospect for patient investors seeking long-term growth.
The strategic use of wood aging by Domaine du Clos Saint Jean results in a wine that elegantly straddles power and finesse. It also contributes to the enduring aromatic appeal and complexities of this vintage.
Encapsulating the Potent Charm of Rhone
In conclusion, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina from Domaine du Clos Saint Jean is more than just a wine. Held within its richly tinted depths is an experiential narrative, a potent verse in the timeless saga of Rhone viticulture. Multifaceted and vivaciously exuberant now, yet assuredly resilient for future enjoyment, this vintage presents itself as an appealing investment proposition; a vinous enigma daring to be unravelled by those astute enough to appreciate its allure.
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Another terrific effort from this estate, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina shares a sense of elegance with its vintage stablemate, the La Combe des Fous. Kirsch, stone fruit, black cherries, licorice, pomegranate…the list could go on and on. And while the wine is undeniably full-bodied, it doesn't come across as heavy or hot, instead being built on a lacy, silky structure of fine tannins and rounded acids that linger on the finish.
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 30 October 2020