2017 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus-Ex Machina Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting Note

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2017 Clos Saint Jean Deus-Ex Machina  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

One of the darkest, most powerful, concentrated wines of the vintage, with just a pop and pour you easily find a wall of inky, deep, lusciously textured, dark red fruits, spice, wet earth and black pepper. Full-bodied and richly textured, the wine demands at least 7 years or so before it really starts to show its true essence. This is one of the wines of the vintage. The wine is made from blending 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre.

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Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Clos Saint Jean, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Clos Saint Jean is best with decanting in its youth of between 1-3 hours allowing the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Clos Saint Jean is usually better with 4-6 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 5-20 years after the vintage.

Serving Clos Saint Jean with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Clos Saint Jean is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Clos Saint Jean is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue and cassoulet. Clos Saint Jean is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms, pasta, eggplant, tomatoes and cheese.

The white wine of Clos Saint Jean 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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