Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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, peppermint, prunes, licorice and blueberry coulis.
"Stunning aromas and flavors of cassis, plum eau de vie and mulled blackberry fruit roll out, with notes of violet, pastis, apple wood and fruitcake all coursing through the dense finish. Terrific grip is thoroughly embedded. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030."
"A candidate for wine of the vintage, the blockbuster 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve is a powerful, heady effort that must possess more than 15% natural alcohol. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by notes of blackberries, roasted meats, smoked herbs, ink and incense. Rich, structured and full-bodied, it is another great example of this cuvee, which was first introduced in 1998 (a vintage that is just now becoming fully mature at age 13). Unlike the other cuvees, the Reserve comes from Grenache planted in 1930 in a well-known lieu-dit called La Guigasse, and the balance of Mourvedre and Syrah were planted in 1939 in Les Bedines. This wine is aged in a combination of new and one-year-old demi-muids (for the Mourvedre and Syrah) and concrete vats (for the Grenache).
The Wine Advocate
"Opaque purple. Explosively perfumed scents of candied red and dark berries, incense, sassafras and violet, with a suave overlay of Asian spices. Sappy, penetrating raspberry and boysenberry flavors stain the palate and are braced by zesty, building mineral and spice qualities. Lingers impressively on the finish, with the floral and dark berry notes repeating. The blend here is normally 60% grenache and 40% mourvedre.
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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
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(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...
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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...
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