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Date Printed: 4/1/2015
Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2007
Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2007
(search item no. 100437)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 4/1/2015: $139.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.
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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.