2017 Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous
By Domaine du Clos Saint Jean
2017 Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous by Domaine du Clos Saint Jean, Rhone
The 2017 la Combe des Fous from Domaine du Clos Saint Jean reclaims the stage, embodying the eloquent intensity and distinct character of Chateauneuf du Pape. It is an investment-worthy specimen that powerfully showcases how splendid and versatile Rhone's terroir can be.
A Testament to Rhone
Grown in the epitome of diversity and contrast, that is Rhone, this bottle of 2017 la Combe des Fous is undeniably expressive. Domaine du Clos Saint Jean, known for its gifted winemaking techniques, amplified the distinct characteristics of an arguably challenging vintage in this finely crafted wine.
The vintage narrates a rich tale of triumphant resilience, nurtured through the vagaries of Rhone's climatic conditions. The weather-induced stress proved to be an ideal catalyst in chiselling the wine’s rustic charm coupled with a dainty elegance.
Crafted to Perfection
This intriguingly complex wine paints a vivid portrait of the 2017 growing season. The mixed blessing of its weather left no stone unturned, endowing it with strapping tannins and remarkable vibrancy. It seduces with fragrant layers of ripe black fruits, interwoven with subtle nuances of incense, garrigue and lavender.
Confidently composed and delicately strung together, flavours burst onto an open palate with verve. The classic blend from Domaine du Clos Saint Jean exhibits controlled intensity supported by a harmonious undercurrent of minerality carrying you through to a meticulously lengthy finish.
A Unique Venture into Vintage 2017
For investors seeking to broaden their portfolio, venturing into the heart of Rhone with the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous from Domaine du Clos Saint Jean, makes for an intriguing proposition. Celebrating a less predictable vintage through adept viticulture and winemaking artistry, this wine underlines the potential and dignity of the challenging years.
Overall, every sip is an homage to the classic Chateauneuf du Pape, unravelled through a fresh perspective offered by the stringent conditions of 2017. Indeed, a journey well worth the investment.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous is full-bodied, rich and velvety, yet it also possesses more freshness and concentrated berry fruit than the Vieilles Vignes bottling. An absolute beauty of a beast, it delivers ripe raspberries and cherries, a gentle dusting of Asian spice and a long, long finish.
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 30 August 2019