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Date Printed: 4/18/2014
Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Safres Blanc 2009
Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Safres Blanc 2009
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International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

My Notes:

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.