Clos Saint Jean

Pascal and Vincent Maurel
Avenue General de Gaulle 18, 84231 Chateauneuf du Pape Cedex
Tel. +33 490 835 800
Direct sale: Only by appointment from office at Chemin
Bois de la Ville
Mail: contact@clossaintjean.fr
Web: http://www.closstjean.fr/

Clos Saint Jean is a family estate founded in 1900 by Edmund Tacussel. In 1910 he started to bottle wines with the name Clos Saint Jean. Since 1991 when the owner Guy Maurel died his two sons Pascal and Vincent have carried on at the property.

The oenologist Philippe Gambie has since 2003 been assisting at the estate and something has happened: two-three famous special cuvées have emerged and all the production are bottled at the domain.

The space in the cellars at Avenue General de Gaulle was too small but new buildings for ageing, storing and office were constructed 2008-2009 at Chemin Bois de la Ville. In 2014-2015 the old cellar at Avenue General de Gaulle was demolished and a new vinification cellar is built here, ready for the harvest of 2015.
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he property covers 41 ha. situated at the La Crau plateau. About 20 ha are situated at two small lieux-dits in Bedarrides, Cabane de Saint Jean og Coteaux de Saint Jean. One ha is planted with white varieties.

Wines:

All grapes are de-stemmed before fermentation. The maceration lasts for about 35 days. For Grenache no ageing in small barrels but the other red varieties are aged in new or one-year-old barrels for about 12 months.

Chateauneuf du Pape
2013:
85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 3% Mourvedre and 2% Cinsault.
Grenache matured in cement tank when the rest is aged in older barriques.

Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous
2012: 6
0% Grenache 25 Syrah and 5% Cinsault and 10% Vaccarese. Low yield.
The name Hill of Fools, refers to what people said when Tacussel planted vines at that parcel - it was foolish to let man and horse work at such a stony place.

Chateauneuf du Pape Deus-ex-Machina 
2012 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre. 20 hl/ha.
The name refers to how the Gods in antique tragedies were coming per high machines into the scene.

Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum
2012: 100% Grenache planted in 1905.
Only bottled in magnums.

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
2013: Equal shares of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette.
Partly fermented and aged in new barrels.

Cotes du Rhone
2014 80% Grenache and 20% Cinsault from 0,48 ha planted about 1900.

Vin de Pays de Vaucluse La Calade
2014: 60 % Grenache and 40 % Caladoc.


Pascal and Vincent Maurel. Photo from my first visit in 2008


The cellar at Bois de la Ville


At the place for the old cellar at Avenue General de Gaulle 18 a new cellar was built in 2014-2015. The photo is from August 2014.


Vincent Maurel and his wife at Les Printemps in Chateauneuf du Pape April 2015 and Pascal Maurel. Photo from Mina Vinar


Vinification cellar at Av. Henri Jourdan

 


Ageing cellar at  Av. Henri Jourdan

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Av. General de Gaulle


Chemin Bois de la Ville


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