2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Deus Ex Machina, Clos St. Jean

Crafted from 60% tank-aged, old vine Grenache and 40% old vine Mourvèdre, aged in a mixture of new and one year old oak barrels. Robert Parker is a big fan, commenting that the 2007 vintage of this wine was possibly “the single greatest red wine I have ever tasted”. Furthermore he writes “A candidate for wine of the vintage is the 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus-Ex Machina.” Aromatically pure and appealing, the nose is rich and focused, with notes of smoke, toast, black cherry, damson and plum skin. A sweet-fruited, creamy attack leads to a spicy, exotic palate – mouth-filling, expansive. Mourvèdre’s tightening grip is evidenced on the finish, bringing its trademark taut focus. An opulent, velvet-textured wine that is nonetheless long and mineral-laden. Powerful tannins and rich, spicy warmth on finish, but in no way heavy or cloying. A wonderful, subtle toast note on the finish, which will integrate and add complexity with bottle age.

This wine is now sold out. Please get in touch with your advisor or one of our team on [email protected] or 01473 313 300 for more information or guidance on an alternative.


  • Region & country
  • Grape
  • Maturity
    Mature 2012 - 2018
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Deus Ex Machina, Clos St. Jean