clos saint jean, chateauneuf-du-pape, la combe des fous 2016
JEB DUNNUCK
98
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95

2016 clos saint jean, chateauneuf-du-pape, la combe des fous

Why We're Buying

Clos Saint Jean has three wines that have earned 100-point ratings from wine critic Robert Parker. At Vinovest, we have all of them, including La Combe des Fous. Parker described it as "utterly seamless on the palate, with fine tannin, no hard edges and incredible purity of fruit. It's firing on all cylinders but certainly has another decade or more of prime drinking."

Critics Scores

JEB DUNNUCK
98

Jeb Dunnuck

Deep ruby-colored and offering a heavenly bouquet of black raspberries, toasted spiced, cured meats, licorice, and cured meats, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Combes des Fous is awesome on the palate, with a silky, seamless profile that just keeps on going. Possessing ultra-fine tannin, no hard edges, and a huge finish, it’s a phenomenal bottle of wine. The fact that it was bottled just one month ago makes this showing even more impressive.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

From a single exposed hilltop parcel, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% each Cinsault and Vaccarèse. As the Syrah was aged in wood, there's a hint of campfire smoke here, plus layers of rich, voluptuous plummy fruit. (JC)

VINOUS
95

Vinous

Bright violet. Highly expressive red berry preserve and cherry cola aromas are complicated by hints of candied lavender, licorice and smoky minerals. Juicy raspberry and spicecake flavors show superb depth and appealing sweetness, and a smoky mineral undertone builds steadily with air. Offers a compelling blend of power and vivacity and finishes with gentle tannic grip, a strong suggestion of Chambord and excellent persistence. (JR)

WINE SPECTATOR
95

Wine Spectator

A dark and winey style, featuring intense raspberry and black currant preserve flavors coiled up with singed cedar, dried anise and rooibos tea notes. A lightly dusty, lavender-infused structure runs through the finish. (JM)