The tiny production 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum comes from a single parcel in the famed La Crau lieu-dit and is brought up in demi-muids. Released only in magnum, it’s consistently been one of the most singular, brilliant expressions of Grenache in any vintage that's been produced. The 2018 isn’t going to break that trend, yet it checks in behind some of the greats such as the 2007, 2010, 2016, and 2017. Revealing a translucent ruby hue as well as a glorious bouquet of kirsch liqueur, ground pepper, cured meats, candle wax, garrigue, and Provençal spice, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness as well as a seamless, Grand Cru Burgundy-like mouthfeel that carries sensational richness yet no sense of heaviness or weight. With no hard edges, beautiful tannins, flawless balance, and a great, great finish, it’s going to drink beautifully over the coming 15 years or more.
When I visited in June 2019, the selection for the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum hadn't yet been done, so this is my first look at the wine. It's marked by the new oak demi-muids, with layers of vanilla and cedar sitting atop luscious cherry fruit on the nose, and slightly drying wood tannins evident on the full-bodied palate and extending through the long finish. Personally, I prefer the less-obvious wood and nuanced complexities in the estate's other premium cuvées in 2018, but there is no denying the hedonistic appeal of this 100% Grenache.
VineyardLa Crau Lieu-dit
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Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Sanctus Sanctorum 2018 (Magnum 1.5L)
Grenache | France
$349.00 | 1.5L
41% off retail!
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“This may well be one of the most exciting addresses not only in France, but in the entire wine world.... In short, these wines are not to be missed!” – Robert Parker, Jr.
Clos St. Jean is a rockstar Rhone producer year in, year out, and we’re absolutely over the moon to have scored just about 40 BOTTLES of the coveted and oh-so-collectible Sanctus Sanctorum 2018. This is the pinnacle of Clos St. Jean, already one of the top producers in the world, and certainly on the short list of best of the best for Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
“Released only in magnum, it’s consistently been one of the most singular, brilliant expressions of Grenache in any vintage that's been produced.” – Jeb Dunnuck
We have these beauties at the very best price in the entire USA, and if ever there was a magnum to put at the forefront of your collection… this is it! This historic property helped change CdP forever when they began bottling estate wines over a century ago before the region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape officially existed. Known for their modern, clean, and voluptuous style – Clos St. Jean has long made savvy use of their long-held old vine plots of grenache on the hallowed plateau of La Crau to craft rich, powerful, and age-worthy wines. Sanctus Sanctorum is crafted from the oldest La Crau vines (all well over 100 years old!), and only made in the worthiest of vintages. Winemaking superstar Philippe Cambie oversaw the construction and breeding of this wine – one of the very last to receive his legendary care before his passing in 2021. The biodynamically farmed grenache is fermented only in oak demi-muids, adding a weight and substance to the fruit that guarantees a long and glorious development in bottle. In our opinion – every Rhone lover on planet Earth should taste the hallowed Sanctus Sanctorum as least once in their lifetime. This just might be your best opportunity ever! Only 40 magnums available – so make one yours today at the BEST PRICE in the USA!
About the Producer
Clos Saint-Jean farms 100 acres in southern Chateauneuf du Pape and is run by brothers Pascal and Vincent Maurel, with consulting help from Philippe Cambie. Releasing 5 Chateauneufs in top vintages, they also produce a wine in collaboration with Sine Qua Non in California's Santa Barbara County, and release another high-end collaboration from Chateauneuf called Chimere. While the winemaking here is often labeled as modern, it is actually relatively traditional, with the Grenache almost always aged in tank and only the Mourvedre and Syrah seeing time in larger, 500-600 liter oak barrels, or demi-muids.