Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Safres Blanc 2009
Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The wine has a pretty yellow gold color. The nose is displays complex aromas of apples, peaches, combined with notes of vanilla and buttered toast.
The palate is dense and creamy, with nice power, mingling aromas of oranges, candied pineapple, licorice and vanilla.
Pairs well with sweetbreads, bass fillet, and fresh salmon carpaccio.
"(70% roussanne, with clairette and grenache blanc, raised in four- and five-year-old barriques): Bright yellow-gold. Ripe yellow plum and dried pear on the intensely perfumed nose, with complicating notes of flowers and herbs. Smooth and concentrated, offering sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and notes of chalk, anise and honey. The finish shows a refreshingly bitter note and lingers with impressive spiciness and tenacity."
International Wine Cellar
"Le Clos du Caillou's 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape blanc, also called Les Safres, is an intriguing blend of 70% Roussanne and the rest equal parts Clairette and Grenache Blanc. This 200-case blend is aged 70% in small barrels. An outstanding, powerful white (which does not reveal a lot of oak despite its barrel aging), it offers up honeyed pineapple, pear and waxy notes intermixed with hints of marmalade, apricots and nectarines. An impressive, full-throttle white Chateauneuf du Pape with minerality as well as good acidity, it can be enjoyed over the next several years."
The Wine Advocate
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I recognize that I am one of the luckiest people in the world to have this job, and the privilege of tasting so many incredible wines, but certainly the efforts produced by Domaine du Caillou since 1998 rank among the most exciting I have ever tasted.-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
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