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


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 merged and all the production became 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.
The property covers 48 ha. A big part is 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.


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
2015: 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
2015: 60% Grenache, 25 Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 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 
2015 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
2015: 100% Grenache planted in 1905. Only bottled in magnums.

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
2016: Equal shares of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette.
Partly fermented and aged in new barrels.

Cotes du Rhone
2016 80% Grenache and 20% Cinsault from 0,48 ha planted about 1900.

IGP La Calade
2016: 60 % Grenache and 40 % Caladoc.

The old cellar at Avenue General de Gaulle in use undtil 2017

The cellar at Bois de la Ville

The old cellar at Avenue General de Gaulle 18 was in use until 2017 

Vincent Maurel and his wife (Left) and Pascal Maurel and wife - Photos from Les Printemps in Chateauneuf du Pape 2015 and 2018

Pascal and Valentin Maurel  -  Hugo and Vincent Maurel - both photos from Les Printemps in Chateauneuf du Pape 2019

Vinification cellar at Av. Henri Jourdan


Ageing cellar at  Av. Henri Jourdan

Photos from the new cellar at Avenue General de Gaulle - July 2017


Av. General de Gaulle

Chemin Bois de la Ville
Here you can buy the wines

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