"A candidate for wine of the vintage" Robert Parker on the Clos du Caillou 2010 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve
Le Clos du Caillou, a 53 hectare wine estate with Côtes-du-Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellations, is located in Courthézon in the South of France.
The property came in possession of the Pouizin family in 1956. Until 1996 the property was run by Claude Pouizin, who until 1993 sold most of his yield to negociants. In 1996 his daughter Sylvie and son-in-law Jean-Denis Vacherons took charge and the quality of the wines from property rapidly rose.
This prestigious domaine is a recent addition to our portfolio. We offer the 2010 wines which have received tremendous reviews from the wine press.
The range includes several Cote-du-Rhones at prices starting at just $25.00 Pre Arrival plus some highly rated Chateauneuf-du Papes. Here are two wines from our offer....
2010 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve
Usual Price $195.00
Pre Arrival Price $167.00
The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve is a wine made only in the best vintages. The vineyard is composed of 60% Grenache (planted in 1930 in La Guigasse) and 20% Mourvèdre and 20% Syrah (planted in 1939 in Les Bedines). The soil, composed of sand, gives the wine freshness and finesse. The grapes are harvested late to obtain the perfect maturity of Mourvèdre.
Robert Parker: 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). 95-97 Points
2010 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz
Usual Price $125.00
Pre-Arrival Price $106.00
This wine comes from parcels of land in the lieu-dit "The Cassanets" which are composed of pebbles and sandy subsoil. The Grenache, which comprises 85% of the blend, was planted between 1956 and 1958. A parcel of Shiraz, in the lieu-dit "The Bédines", is on a soil composed of sand makes up the remaining 15%.
The Rhone Report: A fantastic example of this cuvee, the 2010 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz is a blend of 85% completely tank aged Grenache, and 15% Syrah that's aged in smaller barrels. Displaying a decidedly elegant, yet fruit forward personality, with copious spice, flowers, garrigue, and excellent minerality on the nose, this is straight-up gorgeous on the palate. Full-bodied, rich, and perfectly balanced, this should ideally be left alone for 3-5 years, at which point it should age beautifully for 15+ years. 93-96+ Points
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