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Le Clos du Caillou

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2017 Le Clos du Caillou Les Safres  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah.

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2017 Le Clos du Caillou La Réserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2016 Le Clos du Caillou Les Safres  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2016 Le Clos du Caillou Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2016 Le Clos du Caillou La Réserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2015 Le Clos du Caillou Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2015 Le Clos du Caillou La Réserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2015 Le Clos du Caillou Les Safres  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2014 Le Clos du Caillou Tradition  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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

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2014 Le Clos du Caillou La Réserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2014 Le Clos du Caillou Les Safres  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

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

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2013 Le Clos du Caillou La Réserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2013 Le Clos du Caillou Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2013 Le Clos du Caillou Tradition  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2012 Le Clos du Caillou Les Safres  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2012 Le Clos du Caillou Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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% alcohol finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah.

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2012 Le Clos du Caillou La Réserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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% alcohol with no sensation of heat.

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2012 Le Clos du Caillou Tradition  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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% alcohol.

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2011 Le Clos du Caillou Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2011 Le Clos du Caillou La Réserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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% alcohol without any sensation of heat.

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2010 Le Clos du Caillou Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2009 Le Clos du Caillou Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2007 Le Clos du Caillou Reserve le Clos du Caillou  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2007 Le Clos du Caillou Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2001 Le Clos du Caillou Reserve le Clos du Caillou  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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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.

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2001 Le Clos du Caillou Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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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.

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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.

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2000 Le Clos du Caillou Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2000 Le Clos du Caillou Reserve le Clos du Caillou  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 98

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1999 Le Clos du Caillou Reserve le Clos du Caillou  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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

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1998 Le Clos du Caillou Reserve le Clos du Caillou  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 96

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.

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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.

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1998 Le Clos du Caillou Domaine du Caillou Vieilles Vignes Cuvée Unique  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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