Winery: Clos Saint Jean
Grapes: Cinsaut, Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache
Regional styles: Southern Rhône Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red
Food pairing: Lamb, Pork, Poultry
This pumps out dark currant, plum and raspberry pate de fruit flavors along with notes of licorice root, ganache and warm fruitcake. Densely packed, but the details are still evident through the graphite-fueled finish.
Combe des Fous literally means, the hill of the fool. The hill, in this case, is located in the far southern reach of Le Crau which was left barren for many centuries because the layer of galets was so exceedingly deep that everyone assumed vines could never survive there. The fool in this situation is Edmund Tacussel, the great-great-grandfather of Vincent and Pascal Maruel who planted a Grenache vineyard on this site in 1905. That old-vine Grenache form the heart of this cuvée with a small amount of Syrah, Cinsault and Vaccarèse.