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Le Clos du Caillou

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2021
96
Kirsch liqueur, licorice, flowers, Asian spice, mint, and smoked red fruits create the nose. On the palate, the wine is creamy, lush and supple. The layers of sweet, ripe, fruits deliver freshness, energy, length, depth and elegance. This is in contention for the wine of the vintage. The wine is produced from a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Mourvedre. Drink from 2024-2040.

Kirsch liqueur, licorice, flowers, Asian spice, mint, and smoked red fruits create the nose. On the palate, the wine is creamy, lush and supple. The layers of sweet, ripe, fruits deliver freshness, energy, length, depth and elegance. This is in contention for the wine of the vintage. The wine is produced from a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Mourvedre. Drink from 2024-2040.

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2021
92
Quite floral in nature, you also find white pepper, kirsch, black raspberries and cherries. On the palate, the wine is supple, elegant, fresh, and vibrant with sweetness, and lift to the red berries with a refined, long endnote. The wine blends 95% old vine Grenache with just a bit of Mourvedre and Vaccarese planted in sandy soils. Drink from 2022-2033.

Quite floral in nature, you also find white pepper, kirsch, black raspberries and cherries. On the palate, the wine is supple, elegant, fresh, and vibrant with sweetness, and lift to the red berries with a refined, long endnote. The wine blends 95% old vine Grenache with just a bit of Mourvedre and Vaccarese planted in sandy soils. Drink from 2022-2033.

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2021
94
Peppery kirsch, black raspberries, strawberries, kirsch, cherries, and underbrush open the nose. The wine is loaded with sweet, dark, red fruits, olives, freshness, and leafy, spicy herbs that kick in on the fruit-filled palate. The wine is made using 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah. Drink from 2022-2034.

Peppery kirsch, black raspberries, strawberries, kirsch, cherries, and underbrush open the nose. The wine is loaded with sweet, dark, red fruits, olives, freshness, and leafy, spicy herbs that kick in on the fruit-filled palate. The wine is made using 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah. Drink from 2022-2034.

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2021
91
With a nose of licorice, black pepper and red fruits, the entry level Chateauneuf du Pape from Le Clos du Caillou delivers a forward, fresh, sweet, red berry palate with freshness, verve and ripe kirsch in the finish. The wine is vinified in concreate vats and aged in neutral foudres. The wine was made using a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. The blend in 2021 was radically altered as a large portion of the vineyard was decimated by the frost. Drink from 2024-2030.

With a nose of licorice, black pepper and red fruits, the entry level Chateauneuf du Pape from Le Clos du Caillou delivers a forward, fresh, sweet, red berry palate with freshness, verve and ripe kirsch in the finish. The wine is vinified in concreate vats and aged in neutral foudres. The wine was made using a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. The blend in 2021 was radically altered as a large portion of the vineyard was decimated by the frost. Drink from 2024-2030.

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2020
94
Strawberries, kirsch, cherries and flowers are unmistakable. The wine is fresh, racy and vibrant with a streak of herbs, olives and peppery spices that runs right through all the ripe, sweet, red fruits. The wine is made using 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah. Drink from 2022-2034.

Strawberries, kirsch, cherries and flowers are unmistakable. The wine is fresh, racy and vibrant with a streak of herbs, olives and peppery spices that runs right through all the ripe, sweet, red fruits. The wine is made using 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah. Drink from 2022-2034.

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2020
98
Smoke. spices, cherries and flowers on the nose are only part of the show. It is the ripe, lush, supple-textured, sensuous, elegant red berries on the palate that own the day with their length, purity and freshness. The wine is produced from a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Mourvedre.

Smoke. spices, cherries and flowers on the nose are only part of the show. It is the ripe, lush, supple-textured, sensuous, elegant red berries on the palate that own the day with their length, purity and freshness. The wine is produced from a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Mourvedre.

2,927 Views   Tasted
2020
93
Flowers, red fruits and a touch of smoke open the perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh and vibrant with more of that floral edge that adds to the sweet, kirsch and cherries in the core of the wine. Drink from 2022-2034.

Flowers, red fruits and a touch of smoke open the perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh and vibrant with more of that floral edge that adds to the sweet, kirsch and cherries in the core of the wine. Drink from 2022-2034.

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2019
96
Dark cherries and kirsch mesh together perfectly here. The wine is further complicated by all the nuances of flowers, peppery herbs, earth and spicy notes. Rich, concentrated, focused and fresh, the kirsch packed finish hit everything just right. The wine is based on blending 75% old vine Grenache with 25% Syrah. Drink from 2023 - 2037

Dark cherries and kirsch mesh together perfectly here. The wine is further complicated by all the nuances of flowers, peppery herbs, earth and spicy notes. Rich, concentrated, focused and fresh, the kirsch packed finish hit everything just right. The wine is based on blending 75% old vine Grenache with 25% Syrah. Drink from 2023 - 2037

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2019
99
A thrilling wine with incredible density, balance, purity of fruit, length and complexity. The wine blends dark red and bright red fruits, smoked meat, flowers, spice and licorice with peppery herbs. Powerful, yet refined, intense, and elegant, there is a fabulous sense of harmony on the palate and in the finish that makes this a complete tasting experience. Based on older bottles from my cellar, this should age and evolve for 2 decades or more. The wine is produced from a blend of close to 60% old vine Grenache and 40% Mourvedre. This is one of the stars of the vintage. Drink from 2025 - 2045

A thrilling wine with incredible density, balance, purity of fruit, length and complexity. The wine blends dark red and bright red fruits, smoked meat, flowers, spice and licorice with peppery herbs. Powerful, yet refined, intense, and elegant, there is a fabulous sense of harmony on the palate and in the finish that makes this a complete tasting experience. Based on older bottles from my cellar, this should age and evolve for 2 decades or more. The wine is produced from a blend of close to 60% old vine Grenache and 40% Mourvedre. This is one of the stars of the vintage. Drink from 2025 - 2045

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2019
93
It is young, but already fun in your glass with all its flowers, orange and yellow citrus, vanilla and white peach Lush, round and a bit oily, this hit the spot with grilled prawns.

It is young, but already fun in your glass with all its flowers, orange and yellow citrus, vanilla and white peach Lush, round and a bit oily, this hit the spot with grilled prawns.

2,676 Views   Tasted
2019
95
Medium-bodied, spicy, silky, fresh and vibrant, the wine is packed with sweet, ripe, spicy red fruits, herbs and touches of flowers on the nose and palate. Lushly textured with freshness so you find ample lift, this will be easy to like on release. The wine is made using mostly old vine Grenache, with Mourvedre, Syrah and a small percentage of other assorted varietals. Drink from 2023 - 2036

Medium-bodied, spicy, silky, fresh and vibrant, the wine is packed with sweet, ripe, spicy red fruits, herbs and touches of flowers on the nose and palate. Lushly textured with freshness so you find ample lift, this will be easy to like on release. The wine is made using mostly old vine Grenache, with Mourvedre, Syrah and a small percentage of other assorted varietals. Drink from 2023 - 2036

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2018
95
Spicy, floral, peppery, polished and energetic, the medium/full-bodied, lush wine has good concentration, freshness, purity and lift. The finish is loaded with ripe, sweet, juicy kirsch in an elegant style.

Spicy, floral, peppery, polished and energetic, the medium/full-bodied, lush wine has good concentration, freshness, purity and lift. The finish is loaded with ripe, sweet, juicy kirsch in an elegant style.

2,321 Views   Tasted
2018
98
Rich, deep, meaty, peppery, powerful and packed with dark red berries, spice and herbs. One of the densest wines of the vintage, due to the preponderance of Mourvedre in the blend, this full-bodied, concentrated wine is in contention for the wine of the vintage.

Rich, deep, meaty, peppery, powerful and packed with dark red berries, spice and herbs. One of the densest wines of the vintage, due to the preponderance of Mourvedre in the blend, this full-bodied, concentrated wine is in contention for the wine of the vintage.

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2018
93
Peppery, spicy and fresh, with a big blast of red cherries, plum liqueur and wild strawberry on the palate, the wine leaves you with a round, fruit-filled impression as the finish really sticks with you. The wine is made using 95% Grenache, 2% Mourvedre, 2% Cinsault and 1% Vaccarese.

Peppery, spicy and fresh, with a big blast of red cherries, plum liqueur and wild strawberry on the palate, the wine leaves you with a round, fruit-filled impression as the finish really sticks with you. The wine is made using 95% Grenache, 2% Mourvedre, 2% Cinsault and 1% Vaccarese.

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2018
92
This is absolutely gorgeous to drink now. The nose, with its peppery cherries, herbs, thyme and tinge of vanilla gets you instantly involved with the wine. On the palate, the blend of Grenache and Mourvedre is supple, soft, wild and fresh, finishing you with a beautiful display of spicy, dark and bright red berries with peppery, sweet kirsch that comes along with a hint of green olives and herbs. Not decanted, this is ready to go.

This is absolutely gorgeous to drink now. The nose, with its peppery cherries, herbs, thyme and tinge of vanilla gets you instantly involved with the wine. On the palate, the blend of Grenache and Mourvedre is supple, soft, wild and fresh, finishing you with a beautiful display of spicy, dark and bright red berries with peppery, sweet kirsch that comes along with a hint of green olives and herbs. Not decanted, this is ready to go.

3,177 Views   Tasted
2017
94
Juicy, sweet, peppery, spicy fruits and herbs rock the nose and palate. Lushly textured with freshness and density, the sweet, peppery cherries in the finish really hang with you. The wine is made using 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah.

Juicy, sweet, peppery, spicy fruits and herbs rock the nose and palate. Lushly textured with freshness and density, the sweet, peppery cherries in the finish really hang with you. The wine is made using 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah.

2,822 Views   Tasted
2017
97
Deep, dark and spicy, with lush, fresh, dark cherries, earth, herbs and peppery kirsch. The wine is fresh, concentrated, lush and full, with layers of dark spicy, earthy, peppery fruits in the finish. The wine is produced from a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Mourvedre.

Deep, dark and spicy, with lush, fresh, dark cherries, earth, herbs and peppery kirsch. The wine is fresh, concentrated, lush and full, with layers of dark spicy, earthy, peppery fruits in the finish. The wine is produced from a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Mourvedre.

4,485 Views   Tasted
2017
94
With a blast of garrigue, pepper, red fruits, spice and meaty aromas, the wine is earthy, fresh, round and fruity. The wine is made using a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah.

With a blast of garrigue, pepper, red fruits, spice and meaty aromas, the wine is earthy, fresh, round and fruity. The wine is made using a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah.

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2016
96
Deep red fruits, silky tannins, spice, purity, freshness and a peppery, ripe, red berry finish all come together perfectly here. The wine is made using 95% Grenache, 2% Mourvedre, 2% Cinsault and 1% Vaccarese.

Deep red fruits, silky tannins, spice, purity, freshness and a peppery, ripe, red berry finish all come together perfectly here. The wine is made using 95% Grenache, 2% Mourvedre, 2% Cinsault and 1% Vaccarese.

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2016
94
Kirsch, cherries, strawberry and other assorted red berries and licorice meld perfectly here. The wine is pure, fresh, soft and silky. The wine promises to get better with aging. The wine was made using a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah.

Kirsch, cherries, strawberry and other assorted red berries and licorice meld perfectly here. The wine is pure, fresh, soft and silky. The wine promises to get better with aging. The wine was made using a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah.

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2016
100
With a serious depth of color, the wine exudes dark spicy, ripe, lush fruit. Power and purity, length and freshness, character and complexity all combine, leaving you with layers of ripe, fresh, pure, peppery kirsch. There is a purity to the fruit that stands out. The wine expands in the mid palate and the length in the finish is incredible! The wine is produced from a blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Mourvedre.

With a serious depth of color, the wine exudes dark spicy, ripe, lush fruit. Power and purity, length and freshness, character and complexity all combine, leaving you with layers of ripe, fresh, pure, peppery kirsch. There is a purity to the fruit that stands out. The wine expands in the mid palate and the length in the finish is incredible! The wine is produced from a blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Mourvedre.

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2015
92
Silky, soft polished fruits with sweetness and freshness here. The wine has a beautiful polished exterior and loads of kirsch and sweet plums in the finish. This is perfect for drinking young while waiting for its bigger brothers and sisters to develop more complexities. The wine was made using a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah.

Silky, soft polished fruits with sweetness and freshness here. The wine has a beautiful polished exterior and loads of kirsch and sweet plums in the finish. This is perfect for drinking young while waiting for its bigger brothers and sisters to develop more complexities. The wine was made using a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah.

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2015
97
The purity of fruit here is impossible to ignore. Dark in color, balanced, fresh and lively, the wine has concentration of flavor, elegance and freshness, with a luscious, sensuous texture and a spicy, mineral character. This is quite a strong result here. The wine is produced from a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Mourvedre.

The purity of fruit here is impossible to ignore. Dark in color, balanced, fresh and lively, the wine has concentration of flavor, elegance and freshness, with a luscious, sensuous texture and a spicy, mineral character. This is quite a strong result here. The wine is produced from a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Mourvedre.

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2015
93
Wet earth, garrigue and cherries might be what you find first. But the center of polished, rich, intense, silky red fruits is what rivets your attention. Sweet, spicy fruits, freshness and silky tannins complete the wine. The wine is made using 95% Grenache, 2% Mourvedre, 2% Cinsault and 1% Vaccarese.

Wet earth, garrigue and cherries might be what you find first. But the center of polished, rich, intense, silky red fruits is what rivets your attention. Sweet, spicy fruits, freshness and silky tannins complete the wine. The wine is made using 95% Grenache, 2% Mourvedre, 2% Cinsault and 1% Vaccarese.

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2014
91
Medium/full bodied with a blast of sweet, kirsch liqueur, wild strawberry, cracked pepper and fresh herbs. Silky, elegant and forward, this lusty wine will be delicious on release.

Medium/full bodied with a blast of sweet, kirsch liqueur, wild strawberry, cracked pepper and fresh herbs. Silky, elegant and forward, this lusty wine will be delicious on release.

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Earthy, fresh and sweet, with a silky, soft textured palate presence, finishing with ripe, plums, thyme, earth and juicy kirsch.

Earthy, fresh and sweet, with a silky, soft textured palate presence, finishing with ripe, plums, thyme, earth and juicy kirsch.

1,794 Views   Tasted
2014
94
The 2014 is all about the finesse and elegance in the wine. The fruit has a beautiful sense of purity and the acidity keeps it fresh. Made from a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, the wine is lusty, luscious and sensuous. Clearly, this is a contender for the wine of the vintage.

The 2014 is all about the finesse and elegance in the wine. The fruit has a beautiful sense of purity and the acidity keeps it fresh. Made from a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, the wine is lusty, luscious and sensuous. Clearly, this is a contender for the wine of the vintage.

2,547 Views   Tasted
2014
92
Spicy, fresh, polished, sweet, peppery black raspberries, kirsch, cherries and herbs are in your face. Sweet, fresh, forward and already delicious.

Spicy, fresh, polished, sweet, peppery black raspberries, kirsch, cherries and herbs are in your face. Sweet, fresh, forward and already delicious.

1,352 Views   Tasted
2013
94
This is fabulous for any vintage, but it's quite an accomplishment in 2013. The wine has depth of flavor, softness of texture and a beautiful, polished, sweet, red and dark red, fresh fruit character. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Mourvedre.

This is fabulous for any vintage, but it's quite an accomplishment in 2013. The wine has depth of flavor, softness of texture and a beautiful, polished, sweet, red and dark red, fresh fruit character. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Mourvedre.

3,140 Views   Tasted
2013
91
Blending 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah produced a wine with supple tannins and ripe, sweet, black raspberries that display a nice peppery, fresh quality.

Blending 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah produced a wine with supple tannins and ripe, sweet, black raspberries that display a nice peppery, fresh quality.

3,189 Views   Tasted
2013
90
Medium bodied, with a refined, elegant charm to the fruit and texture, the wine is all about the sweet, ripe, kirsch core of fruit.

Medium bodied, with a refined, elegant charm to the fruit and texture, the wine is all about the sweet, ripe, kirsch core of fruit.

3,834 Views   Tasted
2012
91
Lots of ripe, round textured, peppery, black raspberries, kirsch and spice are found from start to finish in this rich wine. With Grenache making up most of the blend, 2% Cinsault, 2% Syrah and 1% Mourvedre were added for good measure.

Lots of ripe, round textured, peppery, black raspberries, kirsch and spice are found from start to finish in this rich wine. With Grenache making up most of the blend, 2% Cinsault, 2% Syrah and 1% Mourvedre were added for good measure.

4,008 Views   Tasted
2012
93
With freshness in its character, the ripe, red and juicy black fruits stand out with their spicy qualities and polished textures. There is no sensation of heat in the 15.5% ABV finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah.

With freshness in its character, the ripe, red and juicy black fruits stand out with their spicy qualities and polished textures. There is no sensation of heat in the 15.5% ABV finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah.

3,653 Views   Tasted
2012
95
There is a purity of fruit that leaves a long impression here. This is made even better with the freshness, length and silky tannins that push along the spice and ripe berry driven finish. This will be fun to age. The blend of 60% old vine Grenache and 40% Mourvedre reached 16% ABV with no sensation of heat.

There is a purity of fruit that leaves a long impression here. This is made even better with the freshness, length and silky tannins that push along the spice and ripe berry driven finish. This will be fun to age. The blend of 60% old vine Grenache and 40% Mourvedre reached 16% ABV with no sensation of heat.

5,286 Views   Tasted
2012
91
Soft, ripe, sweet, spicy fruits taste good and feel even better on your palate from his Grenache dominated wine that was blended with 2% Mourvedre and reached 15% ABV.

Soft, ripe, sweet, spicy fruits taste good and feel even better on your palate from his Grenache dominated wine that was blended with 2% Mourvedre and reached 15% ABV.

2,452 Views   Tasted
2011
92
With 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah in the blend, the wine is mineral driven, with dark, peppery, red fruits and herbs in the nose, finishing with silky, fresh, sweet kirsch and spice.

With 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah in the blend, the wine is mineral driven, with dark, peppery, red fruits and herbs in the nose, finishing with silky, fresh, sweet kirsch and spice.

2,682 Views   Tasted
2011
95
Charcoal, barbecue, herbs and ripe, red berry notes create the inviting fragrance. In the mouth, the wine is lush and polished, making the intense fresh, spicy fruits come alive. Clearly, this is one of the top wines of the vintage. Produced from 60% old vine Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, the wine reached 16% ABV without any sensation of heat.

Charcoal, barbecue, herbs and ripe, red berry notes create the inviting fragrance. In the mouth, the wine is lush and polished, making the intense fresh, spicy fruits come alive. Clearly, this is one of the top wines of the vintage. Produced from 60% old vine Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, the wine reached 16% ABV without any sensation of heat.

3,356 Views   Tasted
2010
94
Dark in color, with a good depth of flavor and the structure to age, the wine is packed with ripe black raspberries, pepper, earth, opulent textures and a fresh, dark cherry profile.

Dark in color, with a good depth of flavor and the structure to age, the wine is packed with ripe black raspberries, pepper, earth, opulent textures and a fresh, dark cherry profile.

4,200 Views   Tasted
2009
95
Forward for Clos du Caillou, the nose exudes flowers, spice and a cornucopia of red pit fruits, thyme and peppery raspberries. Rich, elegant and packed with fruit on the nose and palate, this is already quite nice to imbibe.

Forward for Clos du Caillou, the nose exudes flowers, spice and a cornucopia of red pit fruits, thyme and peppery raspberries. Rich, elegant and packed with fruit on the nose and palate, this is already quite nice to imbibe.

2,423 Views   Tasted
2009
94
From a blend of 85% old vine Grenache and 15% Syrah, this concentrated, ripe, rich wine serves up a delicious mouthful of sweet, ripe and overripe cherries, fresh jammy strawberries, spice and herbs. As good as this is now, it should get even better with a few more years of age.

From a blend of 85% old vine Grenache and 15% Syrah, this concentrated, ripe, rich wine serves up a delicious mouthful of sweet, ripe and overripe cherries, fresh jammy strawberries, spice and herbs. As good as this is now, it should get even better with a few more years of age.

4,595 Views   Tasted
2007
95
Big, concentrated, lush and luscious, the wine is full-bodied, long and rich. The wine feels great on your palate. Even with all its power and density, it's elegant in nature. But with air, the nose and palate took on a noticeable overripe fig note, which was not working for me.

Big, concentrated, lush and luscious, the wine is full-bodied, long and rich. The wine feels great on your palate. Even with all its power and density, it's elegant in nature. But with air, the nose and palate took on a noticeable overripe fig note, which was not working for me.

2,920 Views   Tasted
2007
94
This blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah produces such a great style of Chateauneuf du Pape. Buckets of fresh, cherry liqueur, pepper, black raspberry jam, spice, earth and herbs pour of the glass. Thick, rich and full bodied, this generous, round, intense wine leaves a lasting impression of spicy dark cherries and plums on your palate.

This blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah produces such a great style of Chateauneuf du Pape. Buckets of fresh, cherry liqueur, pepper, black raspberry jam, spice, earth and herbs pour of the glass. Thick, rich and full bodied, this generous, round, intense wine leaves a lasting impression of spicy dark cherries and plums on your palate.

4,254 Views   Tasted
2001
97
Massive, yet, refined. Intense, and balanced, with freshness, ripe, energetic, red fruits and complexity, this is a beauty that is drinking in its sweet spot.

Massive, yet, refined. Intense, and balanced, with freshness, ripe, energetic, red fruits and complexity, this is a beauty that is drinking in its sweet spot.

3,186 Views   Tasted
Most Chateauneuf du Pape drink well young, while some pay huge dividends for waiting. Clos du Caillou Reserve is one of the best Southern Rhones for cellaring. With time, an intoxicating perfume of black raspberry, black cherry liqueur, kirsch, fennel, spice, pepper, wet earth and garrigue emerges. This powerful, concentrated wine has depth, balance and complexity. The texture shows richness and soft tannins, ending in a bath of perfectly ripe, spice filled, dark red fruits that must have lasted over 60 seconds! This was popped and poured and continued getting better and better in the glass.

Most Chateauneuf du Pape drink well young, while some pay huge dividends for waiting. Clos du Caillou Reserve is one of the best Southern Rhones for cellaring. With time, an intoxicating perfume of black raspberry, black cherry liqueur, kirsch, fennel, spice, pepper, wet earth and garrigue emerges. This powerful, concentrated wine has depth, balance and complexity. The texture shows richness and soft tannins, ending in a bath of perfectly ripe, spice filled, dark red fruits that must have lasted over 60 seconds! This was popped and poured and continued getting better and better in the glass.

6,826 Views   Tasted
2001
94
Still young, pepper, black raspberry, licorice, spice, garrigue and kirsch aromas paired perfectly with layers of concentrated, ripe, lush, wild, red and black fruits with a complicated, spicy quality. The wine has great mouth filling volume. This is probably drinking at close to its peak, but there is no real hurry to pop your last remaining bottles.

Still young, pepper, black raspberry, licorice, spice, garrigue and kirsch aromas paired perfectly with layers of concentrated, ripe, lush, wild, red and black fruits with a complicated, spicy quality. The wine has great mouth filling volume. This is probably drinking at close to its peak, but there is no real hurry to pop your last remaining bottles.

4,573 Views   Tasted
With its licorice, stone and smoky cherry personality, it reminded of tasting ripe cherries poured over crushed rocks. Good texture and concentration with a sweet, peppery, black and red cherry filled finish ended the wine. This is mature. There is no reason to wait before opening your bottles.

With its licorice, stone and smoky cherry personality, it reminded of tasting ripe cherries poured over crushed rocks. Good texture and concentration with a sweet, peppery, black and red cherry filled finish ended the wine. This is mature. There is no reason to wait before opening your bottles.

4,594 Views   Tasted
Jammy black fruit, kirsch, pepper and herbs. Full bodied and concentrated with a melange of black and red fruits, the wine ends with a rich, dark, black cherry note. This Chateauneuf du Pape is ready to drink.

Jammy black fruit, kirsch, pepper and herbs. Full bodied and concentrated with a melange of black and red fruits, the wine ends with a rich, dark, black cherry note. This Chateauneuf du Pape is ready to drink.

4,734 Views   Tasted
2000
94
Spicy black fruit, pepper and cherry notes dominate the perfume. The palate is completely taken over by waves of black and red berries and cherries. Very rich, pure and concentrated. The finish is clean and lasts well over :30. This is an under appreciated Chateauneuf du Pape.

Spicy black fruit, pepper and cherry notes dominate the perfume. The palate is completely taken over by waves of black and red berries and cherries. Very rich, pure and concentrated. The finish is clean and lasts well over :30. This is an under appreciated Chateauneuf du Pape.

2,360 Views   Tasted
2000
98
I am loving this gorgeous Chateauneuf du Pape! Still dark in color, the wine is rich, concentrated and delivers layer after layer of silky, opulently textured, ripe, luscious black cherries, spice box, black pepper and herbs. There is a tiny hint of spicy, dark chocolate in the endnote Blind, you would never guess this was 20 years old.

I am loving this gorgeous Chateauneuf du Pape! Still dark in color, the wine is rich, concentrated and delivers layer after layer of silky, opulently textured, ripe, luscious black cherries, spice box, black pepper and herbs. There is a tiny hint of spicy, dark chocolate in the endnote Blind, you would never guess this was 20 years old.

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What a beauty! Still showing a deep color, the wine, made from almost equal parts Grenache and Mourvedre, with a small percentage of other varietals is full-bodied, concentrated, silky, meaty, spicy and earthy. Filled with assorted, deep and dark red fruits, black pepper and herbs, the wine offers length, purity, depth and fabulous textures. While there is secondary development, the wine has the stuffing and structure to evolve for at least 10-15 more years with ease.

What a beauty! Still showing a deep color, the wine, made from almost equal parts Grenache and Mourvedre, with a small percentage of other varietals is full-bodied, concentrated, silky, meaty, spicy and earthy. Filled with assorted, deep and dark red fruits, black pepper and herbs, the wine offers length, purity, depth and fabulous textures. While there is secondary development, the wine has the stuffing and structure to evolve for at least 10-15 more years with ease.

2,658 Views   Tasted
Loving how this is showing, it is rich, deep and long. Full bodied and concentrated, the fruit is on the dark, red, side of the style range. Spicy, meaty and lusciously textured, splash decanted for 20 minutes, that was all the time needed to make let this unfurl.

Loving how this is showing, it is rich, deep and long. Full bodied and concentrated, the fruit is on the dark, red, side of the style range. Spicy, meaty and lusciously textured, splash decanted for 20 minutes, that was all the time needed to make let this unfurl.

3,746 Views   Tasted
Lots of deep, rich fruits, fat texture, pepper, spice and kirsch. The wine is full bodied, concentrated and mouth filling, with round, lush textures. This is close to the optimum drinking window, but there is hurry to drink it.

Lots of deep, rich fruits, fat texture, pepper, spice and kirsch. The wine is full bodied, concentrated and mouth filling, with round, lush textures. This is close to the optimum drinking window, but there is hurry to drink it.

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There are wines that take a while to open before they deliver. Others just pop wide open. 2000 Caillou Reserve explodes the moment you pull the cork. Filled with kinky black raspberry, kirsch, pepper, licorice and earth, the wine is incredibly rich, plush, juicy and mouth filling. The finish is long, fresh, clean and packed with layers of perfectly ripe, old vine Grenache.

There are wines that take a while to open before they deliver. Others just pop wide open. 2000 Caillou Reserve explodes the moment you pull the cork. Filled with kinky black raspberry, kirsch, pepper, licorice and earth, the wine is incredibly rich, plush, juicy and mouth filling. The finish is long, fresh, clean and packed with layers of perfectly ripe, old vine Grenache.

3,549 Views   Tasted
The nose grabs your focus with its jammy black raspberry, earth, animal, pepper, black cherry, herbs and spicy scents. Big, powerful and packed with layers of sweet, ripe fruits. This can age, but I like the way it's drinking now.

The nose grabs your focus with its jammy black raspberry, earth, animal, pepper, black cherry, herbs and spicy scents. Big, powerful and packed with layers of sweet, ripe fruits. This can age, but I like the way it's drinking now.

3,868 Views   Tasted
1999
94
Meaty, garrigue, black and red fruits accented by spices are found with minor coaxing. The mouth is treated to a thick flow of rich, sexy, dense, ripe fruit. The finish is complete with good length.

Meaty, garrigue, black and red fruits accented by spices are found with minor coaxing. The mouth is treated to a thick flow of rich, sexy, dense, ripe fruit. The finish is complete with good length.

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Black cherries, barnyard, earth and herbal aromas. Full bodied. Already open. Will not be long lived.

Black cherries, barnyard, earth and herbal aromas. Full bodied. Already open. Will not be long lived.

2,751 Views   Tasted
1998
97
This continues to develop well. The full-bodied wine is packed with smoked meat, green olives, herbs, black raspberries, and peppery kirsch. It harnesses all its power and magically turns elegant on the palate, with a sweetness and spicy note to the layers of fruit in the long finish. This is one of the better agers in the appellation as it is still going strong at 25 after most wines have already faded. There is no upside to further cellaring, so if you have a bottle, drink it as it is as good as it will get. Drink from 2023-2030.

This continues to develop well. The full-bodied wine is packed with smoked meat, green olives, herbs, black raspberries, and peppery kirsch. It harnesses all its power and magically turns elegant on the palate, with a sweetness and spicy note to the layers of fruit in the long finish. This is one of the better agers in the appellation as it is still going strong at 25 after most wines have already faded. There is no upside to further cellaring, so if you have a bottle, drink it as it is as good as it will get. Drink from 2023-2030.

2,082 Views   Tasted
Still youthful, the wine is full bodied, rich, deep, long, concentrated and complex. Meaty, with loads of spice and dark red fruits, this full bodied, should continue giving pleasure for at least a decade, if not longer.

Still youthful, the wine is full bodied, rich, deep, long, concentrated and complex. Meaty, with loads of spice and dark red fruits, this full bodied, should continue giving pleasure for at least a decade, if not longer.

3,540 Views   Tasted
Midnight black color. Deep dark, ripe fruit and black raspberry along with pepper and spice. Thick, rich and dense. The long, pepper, black and red fruit finish lasts over sixty seconds.

Midnight black color. Deep dark, ripe fruit and black raspberry along with pepper and spice. Thick, rich and dense. The long, pepper, black and red fruit finish lasts over sixty seconds.

3,184 Views   Tasted
1998
94
This is not the same wine that is found in the Domaine de Caillou Reserve. Filled with black cherry, fresh herbs, pepper, strawberry and soil aromatics, this full bodied wine ends with rich, dark cherries and scorched earth and jammy berries. This is a nice wine. But it cannot be compared with the sublime Domaine du Caillou.

This is not the same wine that is found in the Domaine de Caillou Reserve. Filled with black cherry, fresh herbs, pepper, strawberry and soil aromatics, this full bodied wine ends with rich, dark cherries and scorched earth and jammy berries. This is a nice wine. But it cannot be compared with the sublime Domaine du Caillou.

1,695 Views   Tasted