2018 Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous
By Domaine du Clos Saint Jean
2018 Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous from Domaine du Clos Saint Jean, Rhone
The 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous from Domaine du Clos Saint Jean presents a masterful artistic blend unique to this region of Rhone. While acknowledging the established reputations of previous years, I find the 2018 iteration has ascended to its own sphere of superior winemaking prowess.
An intoxicating balance of fruit and soil
This vintage merges the muscular nature of Grenache grapes with an intricate melange of Mourvèdre, Syrah and Vaccarese. The mesmerising expressive nose is awash with intense red fruit and spicy accents, all seamlessly interwoven with fragrances of sunbaked earth typical of the Rhone region.
Every swirl in a glass amplifies the testament to this superb quality, unleashing a kaleidoscope of aroma uniquely associated with the 2018 vintage, offering an unparalleled experience for discerning palates and posing an affluence of investment potential for wine financiers.
Finesse reflected upon the 2018 Vintage's climatic bounty
The year 2018 was blessed with advantageous weather patterns considered favourable for Rhone vineyards. Sunny yet cool conditions yielded a healthy harvest, perfectly ripened without over-extracting any dominant elements. This resulted in a vintage that offers a symphony of balance between generous fruity opulence and refreshing acidity, presented with rare elegance.
Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous, in its 2018 guise has elegantly embraced this climatic generosity. With deft precision, it harmoniously plays out on your palate; ripe red fruit, delicate spice, and an umami intrigue intertwined with a mineral-rich tapestry of terroir-driven complexity. The enduring finish offers a tantalising traversal between mellowed power and finesse.
Whether seeking assured investment avenues or exploring audacious delights for your personal cellar, this 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous from Domaine du Clos Saint Jean redefines one’s expectations of Rhone reds, shaping an inviting narrative both financially rewarding and sensorially gratifying.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous features electric aromas of garrigue, exotic stone fruit, pomegranate, black cherries and perhaps even a touch of rose petals. Full-bodied and rich without being overly weighty or dense, plush and velvety on the finish yet vibrant and complex, this magnificent effort should drink well for at least a decade. From vines planted in 1905, it's approximately 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 10% Vaccarèse.
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 30 October 2020