Clos Saint Jean AOC/AOP Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone (Vaucluse), France, 2009
Vinified in the modern style – all grapes are de-stemmed before fermentation, which is in temperature controlled concrete vats, for about 35 days. The extraction is gentle with a very long maceration. The grenache is then aged in concrete vats for 16 months, all other red varieties are aged in new or one-year-old barrels for about 12 months. The result is an earlier approachable wine. An unfiltered wine, natural cork closure, 14.5%, £35, Gauntleys.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, medium intensity garnet, showing distinct tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas of kirsch, blackberry, strident violets, sweet red plum juice, cranberry, spice and earth.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, with ripe well-integrated medium tannins, high alcohol, medium (+) body, with medium (+) intensity, a velvety texture, with flavours of violets, almost medicinal black berry, stewed black cherry and red cherry jam. A long length with a clean sweet finish.
Quality – a very good quality wine, developing tertiary flavours, quite complex with good concentration of flavour. Acidity and alcohol are in balance, which are in harmony with the intensity of flavour. A long length with a sensation of sweet fruit, with a clean pleasant low-level tannic finish. Drinking now, with balance, acidity and fruit to keep and continue to evolve for another 2-3 years.