Jeb Dunnuck almost ran out of adjectives when he tried to describe the 2005 Clos Saint-Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Deus ex Machina” when he reviewed it in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
Garnering its spot on the Perfect Scores page on this blog, Dunnuck gave the wine 100 out of 100 in his review, published in August 2014. He wrote: “I’ve been lucky enough to have the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus ex Machina numerous times over the past year, and while still youthful, it’s starting to shows hints of evolution and secondary nuances. Cassis, crushed rocks, graphite, beef blood and iron-like aromas and flavors are all present here, and it offers incredible depth and richness on the palate, with gorgeous purity, masses of tannin and a rock-star finish. A wine that could make you run out of adjectives, it too is another wine that goes flying off the scale.” The wine promises a miraculous intervention into the course of events of your life.
If you pick this bottle up at the Ottawa Wine Auction this year, you are pretty much guaranteed a rock-star finish to your night.