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Of the three top Châteauneuf cuvées from this exacting estate, "Reserve" is its most seductive and certainly its most sought after, given how few bottles are produced (and only in the best years.) It gets its velvety texture and supple core from the sandy soils of the estate's two vineyards, "Guigasse" and "Bédines," located just behind the estate's "clos." Its midnight-purple robe reminds us why this color historically was reserved for royalty. A wine that will practically strike you dumb with its concentrated core of black fruit; yes, you may have to lick the glass on this one. A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre, aged in a combination of new and older demi-muid.
"Domaine du Caillou’s top cuvee is always the Chateauneuf du Pape Clos du Caillou Reserve, and the 2007 boasts a dense purple color as well as an exquisite perfume of graphite, camphor, black currants, black cherries, raspberries, and notions of licorice and smoke providing additional complexity. This dense, full-bodied Clos du Caillou possesses exquisite equilibrium, flawless integration of acidity, tannin, and wood, and a sumptuous, full-bodied finish with no hard edges. That said, the tannins are elevated, and this wine begs for 2-5 years of bottle age. It should age effortlessly for 25 years thereafter. A reminder: the 1998, the first great vintage of this cuvee, is still a young wine at age 10.95-98
The Wine Advocate
"Opaque purple. A head-spinning bouquet displays potent blackberry, boysenberry, pipe tobacco, garrigue, incense and mineral qualities. Velvety, palate-staining dark berry flavors are sweetened by notes of cola and candied licorice, with a strong whiplash of minerals on the back end. The dark berry-suffused finish is utterly seamless. A blend of 70% grenache and 30% mourvedre. 95-98"
International Wine Cellar
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
From robust Cotes-du-Rhone to memorable Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Clos du Caillou wines arguably...Read More About Clos du Caillou
(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...Read More About Chateauneuf-du-Pape
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...Read More About Rhone Red Blends
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