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Domaine du Clos du Caillou, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Le Clos du Caillou 2001

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Producer: Domaine du Clos du Caillou
Optimum drinking: 2017-2025
Rating: 100 -
Grape varieties: Grenache 45%, Mourvedre 40%, Syrah 15%
Winemaker: Jean Denis Vacheron
Appellation: A.O.C. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône
Bottle report: Excellent

Caillou’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape fully justifies its 100-point Parker rating – an intense, monumental Rhône great.

Caillou’s 8 hectares of southern Rhône organic vineyards lie adjacent to the great Beaucastel. A great terroir together with skilful winemaking produces some of the most intense, mouth-filling, concentrated wines with great purity and freshness of fruit in the entire appellation. Bottled unfiltered and unfined, smooth and velvety, it is no wonder that Caillou’s wines are such a hit.

Since 1996, the estate has been run by Jean Denis Vacheron of Domaine Vacheron (Loire) fame, a wonderful winemaker, whose attention to detail has brought the estate to the forefront of Châteauneuf producers.

“…the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Le Clos du Caillou is one of the most monumental wines of this appellation I have ever tasted. A legendary effort that pays homage to the last vintage the late Jean-Denis Vacheron produced, it boasts an inky/purple color in addition to a terrific perfume of creme de cassis, kirsch, acacia flowers, melted licorice, and graphite. It possesses awesome purity as well as layers of concentration, yet a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, and alcohol. Spectacularly long (the finish lasts over 60 seconds.” Robert Parker

“An off-the-charts effort that was one of my wines of the trip, the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Le Clos du Caillou is a spectacular effort that doesn’t put a foot wrong. Getting a bevy of incredible, spectacular, and a few other adjectives (i.e. expletives) in the notes, this rock-star-of-a-Chateauneuf boasts off-the-hook notes of blackcurrants, saddle leather, beef blood, pepper, spring flowers and licorice. Possessing full-bodied richness on the palate, with beautiful underlying structure and depth, this incredible effort represents the essence of this fabulous terroir, and is a thrilling drink that I wish every Rhone- lover could have the opportunity to taste.”

Le Clos du Caillou, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Caillou 2001