Clos Saint Michel Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

Clos Saint Michel Clos Saint Michel Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

Everything about Clos Saint Michel Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairings, best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and images. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Clos Saint Michel has been managed by its current owners, the Mousset family since the 1950’s. The original farmhouse on the property predates the family ownership by several decades. While the Mousset family has managed Clos Saint Michel for more than 6 decades, they have been active in the Southern Rhone as winemakers for longer than that. Olivier Mousset and Franck Mousset represent the 4th generation in their family to make and produce wine at Clos Saint Michel.

Clos Saint Michel Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Clos Saint Michel owns 14 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape as well as vineyards in Cotes du Rhone. While the Chateauneuf du Pape wines are sold as Clos Saint Jean, the wines from the Cotes du Rhone are produced under the family name, Domaine Guy Mousset. Of the estates 14 hectares of vineyards in Chateauneuf du Pape, 12.6 hectares are used to produce red wine. The remaining 1.4 hectares are for the growing of white wine grapes.

The best vintages of Clos Saint Michel are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2007.

In total, at the moment, Clos Saint Michel produce 3 red wines and one white wine from Chateauneuf du Pape as well as wine from Cotes du Rhone.

Clos Saint Michel Tradition is made from 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre. The terroir is pure rocks and stones. The vines are planted in the les Coulets vineyard. The wine is aged for 12 months in vats. Close to 3,500 cases are produced each vintage.

Clos Saint Michel Cuvee Reserve is from vines more than 50 years of age. The blend is usually 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre. The terroir is pure rocks and stones. The vines are planted in the les Coulets lieu-dit. The wine is aged in used French oak barrels for 24 months, depending on the character and quality of the vintage.

Clos Saint Michel Grand Clos is produced using only 100%, old vine Mourvedre. The wine is aged in a good portion of new, French oak barrels. Not much of this beauty is produced. On average, slightly more than 800 cases are made in a good vintage. The wine is not produced every year.

Clos Saint Michel Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a blend of 30% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette, 20% Roussanne and 20% Bourboulenc.

Serving and Decanting Clos Saint Michel with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Clos Saint Michel is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Clos Saint Michel is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Clos Saint Michel is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.

The white wine of Clos Saint Michel is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

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Clos Saint-Michel Wine Tasting Notes

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2015Clos Saint-Michel Cuvée Réservée  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)94 pts

Spicy, with a layer of black raspberry, dark cherry, licorice and plum, the wine has real weight, density, spice and length. Plush and fat, the fruit sticks to your palate, and that's a good thing! The wine is a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 30% Syrah.

94 points - Tasted
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2015Clos Saint-Michel  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)92 pts

There is depth of flavor, loads of sweet, ripe, dark cherries, thyme and a smoky character here. Round and supple, with ample fruit in the finish, this is quite nice. The wine is a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 30% Syrah.

92 points - Tasted
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2013Clos Saint-Michel Cuvée Réservée  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)91 pts

Medium bodied, fresh, black raspberry and spice filled wine with a soft, forward, plush, sweet and peppery character. 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre. created the blend.

91 points - Tasted
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2013Clos Saint-Michel  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)89 pts

Black cherry and thyme in the nose, with silky tannins and a forward, kirsch filled finish. The wine was made using a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre.

89 points - Tasted
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2012Clos Saint-Michel  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)91 pts

Silky and lush, with loads of sweet ripe, earthy, chocolate covered cherries, the wine is plush and polished. The wine was made from a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 30% Syrah.

91 points - Tasted
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2012Clos Saint-Michel Cuvée Réservée  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)89 pts

Soft red fruits, medium bodied, forward and approachable.

89 points - Tasted
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2011Clos Saint-Michel  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)90 pts

Silky, soft, spicy red fruits, earth and pepper start things off before your hit with a blast of spicy red cherries with hints of bright strawberries in the finish.

90 points - Tasted
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2010Clos Saint-Michel Grand Vin  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)96 pts

Powerful, decadent, rich, fat and intense, the wine is palate coating with its layers of sweet, fleshy, jammy berries and intensity.

96 points - Tasted
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2010Clos Saint-Michel Cuvée Réservée  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)93 pts

Fat, juicy, black raspberries, licorice, garrigue and lush textures are found in this open, forward wine.

93 points - Tasted
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2009Clos Saint-Michel Cuvée Réservée  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)90 pts

Delicious, sweet, ripe, lush, juicy fruits, round textures and a lusty finish.

90 points - Tasted
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