While the wines of Clos du Mont Olivet are medium to full-bodied, elegant and have flavours in the Provence, garrigue, truffle and incense spectrum, Clos St Jean is full-bodied, and in the meaty, dark cherry, earthy style. The two wines complement each other brilliantly and I’m chuffed to represent them both here in New Zealand.
2008 was a difficult year in the Rhone, and only the best producers made good wine. I’m happy to report that Clos St Jean did exceptionally well. They were in fact one of the few producers who took the risk, waited for the rain to finish and for the grapes to fully dry before picking. This allowed the grapes to achieve full maturity. Et voila, Robert Parker rated them all over 90 points.