Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Sanctus Sanctorum 2018 | 1.5 L.

Item #: 52674

JD95+ RP95

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Critical Acclaim

JD95+ Jeb Dunnuck August 16, 2019

"The tiny production 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum comes from a single parcel of very old vines in the La Crau lieu-dit and is brought up in demi-muids. Young and primordial, yet concentrated and structured, it has impressive purity, building tannins, and will certainly be a sensational Grenache. It’s more backward and unevolved at this stage compared to both the Combe Des Fous and Deux-Ex Machina, so readers are advised to give this at least a handful of years in the cellar." (95–97 pts.)

JD96 Jeb Dunnuck October 6, 2020

"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 it’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 so 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." (96 pts.)

RP95 Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 30th Oct 2020

"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." (95 pts.)


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More Information
Product TypeWine
Alternate NameClos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Sanctus Sanctorum
DistrictSouthern Rhone
Product Location - Location-AppellationChateauneuf-du-Pape
Package Size1.5 L.
BrandClos Saint Jean
Bottles per Case1
Bin Location0
Premier PickNo
Wine TypeTable Wine
Wine - ColorRed
Primary GrapeGrenache
Dollar Sale (Y/N)No