"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.
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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,... more
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This wine is a beautiful red with hints of pomegranate. On the nose are subtle aromas of ripe fruit, liqueur and fresh figs, with just a bit of plum. The palate is elegant with great finesse and a silky touch of tannin which finds flavors of a compote of red berries, combined with blackberry and... more
This wine has a beautiful garnet red color. The nose has very elegant and complex aromas, where one discovers notes of balsamic, flint, black fruit dessert and wild plum. The palate is dominated by ripe fruit, rich and balanced with lots of freshness. It combines red fruit aromas, blood orange,... more
This wine is a beautiful cherry and red blackberry color, with hints of violet. There is an elegant nose with aromas of raspberry, strawberry, quince compote, and a bit of wood. The palate is very fresh with great smoothness, with aromas of blackberry liqueur. It is dominated by the final notes of... more
The wine has a beautiful deep-red dress with bright reflections. The nose has aromas of cherries wild myrtle, red berries of the woods, with mild spices, wild licorice, and fennel. On the mouth, the wine is full and silky, with aromas of figs, plums, caramel, and roasted cocoa beans, combined with... more
Very deep color. The nose, masterful, with notes of pencil lead and flint, reveals delicate aromas of dark berries and blueberries. Smooth, voluptuous, with notes of stewed black fruits, combined with licorice, violet, plum, caramel and salted butter. more
The nose, very fine, with the delicacy of spicy pepper. The mouth is elegant, classy, very complex with aromas of black fruit with pear and wild quince jam. This wine shows a very great length and worthy of a great wine for aging.
Blend: 60% Grenache and 40% Mouvedre more
Quartz is the cornerstone of Caillou, a wine that captures like nothing else the character of the land. Huge, round quartz stones are layered above deeper, ancient marine deposits, the legacy of the Rhone river's former path. These stones essentially help to manage heat, moderating during the day... more
This 100% Grenache wine is nothing less than dynamite in 2007, a mix of serious spice and lush, red-fruited, amazingly pure juice. Very fresh and very concentrated at once-we love just how easy it is to approach, but its true beauty lies in how it evolves in the glass. Les Safres echoes the terroir... more
Of the three top Chateauneuf cuvees 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... more
A bouquet of purple flowers and candied licorice mixes with notes of kirsch and baking spices on the expressive nose, a delightful signature of this outstanding vintage. Sexy and supple suggestions of dark chocolate and black/red fruits flood the palate; there's a rich, textured quality to the wine... more