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Friday, January 29, 2010

My search for the most value for the Rhone dollar continues

While most traditional palates abhor the fruit-bomb generation of modern Chateauneuf, what I find is that the entry level cuvees of houses that are scarred by this rap (ie: Usseglio, Clos St. Jean, Beaurenard, etc.) tend to offer a profile that strikes a nice balance between the old & the new. While certain Rhone enthusiasts may still find Clos St. Jean’s Chateauneuf to be a tad ripe for their tastes, the ’06 vintage (along w/ ’04) emphasized freshness over flamboyance & may be just what the old world doctor ordered.

It is exceptionally difficult to find a 19 dollar wine that approaches the depth of this baby.

Clos St. Jean CDP '06
Cheaper than most CDRs, the '06 bail out continues to rain down on retail pavement. The nose is a pure distillation of black cherry liqueur, w/ a juicy, mouth-filling flush of bittersweet chocolate & sweet earth rounding out the palate. There's enough herbal bite to keep the lush, dark fruit flavors in check, paving the way for a fresh finish, 92+ points.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


just signed up and wanted to say hello while I read through the posts

hopefully this is just what im looking for looks like i have a lot to read.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where out of curiosity did you find the 2006 for $19.99 as I am going to need to add this store venue to my watch list? Thanks!

Saturday, May 08, 2010  
Blogger Brad Coelho said...

Premier Cru dumped quite a few at 19.99- it is a California based retailer. They may be out of the Clos St. Jean but you'll see great deals from time to time.;jsessionid=5FA859D2FA0D977C0BD6EE2DD593955C

Sunday, May 09, 2010  

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