2021 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes, Southern Rhone Valley, France – WS 95

2021 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes, Southern Rhone Valley, France – WS 95

Original price was: $64.95.Current price is: $59.95.

Description

This brilliant 2021 rendition is a most worthy successor to the winery’s warranted, but sold out 2020 vintage, The Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes ’20 was the Wine Spectator’s #12/Top 100 Wines of the Year for 2023 with a 95 point rating and list price of $65.  

However, we have just been able to restock 2021 Vieilles Vignes vintage which coincidently has also received a classic 95 points rating by Wine Spectator.  Only about 900 cases are produced.

Honestly, I don’t know where one will find a “neuf” of this pedigree which isn’t priced at a least $100+ a bottle!

Sourced from the AOC’S most famous “Grand Cru” La Crau vineyard which sits atop a stoney plateau, the Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2021 is composed of “old vine” Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Vaccarese and Muscardin.  The Grenache is aged in concrete for 12 months while the remainder of the blend is matured in demi-muid for 12 months.

This is a beautiful delineated wine showcasing refinement and restraint.  Gorgeous black raspberry fruit cola with some spicy, cured tobacco wrap-leaf nuances and dusty-loamy minerality.  The tannins are finely knit and well-integrated allowing for early drinkability, but very good aging potential.

“This has good concentration and energy to the dense core of dark fruit and bitter cherry, with great poise and elegance despite its ripeness (an impressive feat for the vintage). Guided by finely crushed mineral accents and tannins, this reveals pretty high-toned floral notes and leafy tobacco. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Vaccarèse and Muscardin. Drink now through 2032” – 95 points, Wine Spectator (November 22, 2023)