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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Safres 2006
Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Safres 2006
(search item no. 97089)
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $33.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is drinking extremely now right now. 2007 is a vintage with all the hype, so we have to sell the 2006 vintage to make room for 2007. Take advantage, and enjoy this beauty. Have a glass and listen to Peter Bjorn and John's song "Young Folks".

"Dark purple. Explosively perfumed bouquet of raspberry, blackberry, lavender, rose and cocoa powder; smells like a great Burgundy. Deep, supple and sweet, with sexy red and dark berry preserve flavors, silky tannins and suave floral pastille qualities. Seems to gain in sweetness on the long, sappy finish. This is 100% grenache...
-International Wine Cellar 91-94

Cranberries, cherries and a touch of cocoa offer elegant and supple perfumes; the mouth is expressive, with bold, sweet flavors of blackberries, more chocolate and touches of licorice. Here the sandy soils of "Les Safres" deliver a wine of finesse and velvety tannins. 95% Grenache, with a touch of Mourvèdre.

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About Clos Du Caillou:

"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 Côtes-du-Rhône to memorable Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos du Caillou wines arguably represent some of the finest values in all of France. Proprietor Sylvie Vacheron and winemaker Bruno Gaspard are keeping the great work of the late Jean-Denis Vacheron alive with wines that are heady, robust and mouth-wateringly lush.

Caillou tends wonderfully old Grenache vines, some of which are 70 to 100 years old. With older Syrah and Mourvèdre added to the mix, it’s no wonder that Caillou wines are across the board impressive for their power, extract and deep minerality. The estate’s Châteauneuf terroir borders the impressive domaines of Chateau Rayas and Beaucastel.

Yet many of the Vacheron-Pouizin family's old vines are classified, by a quirk of 1923 politics, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages. It’s why our Côtes-du-Rhône barrel selections show surprisingly like its kin in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

In 1996 Jean-Denis Vacheron took full control of the viticulture and élévage at this estate. Under his stewardship, the wines of Caillou steadily gained stature, and today are benchmarks for the appellation. He understood that temperature-controlled fermentation and a cool, clean cellar are necessary to craft wines with refinement and true complexity.