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Chateauneuf 2016: Le Clos du Caillou

March 17, 2018

Nice barrel tasting in their old cellar!  Clos du Caillou is often underestimated in his youth… But today the Chateauneuf Réserve was a clear 100 point potential!!

2017 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône
Nose of primary red fruit, freshly cutted grass… Very light taste, acidity present, Cerise rouge du nord, a bit short aftertaste… (87 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Bouquet des Garrigues
Nose of red “cerise du Nord”, hint of mineral, almost floral… Tannin very refined, nice acidity, very red “cerise du Nord” (89 points)

2017 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône ‘Nature’
Nose of fresh red cherries, agrumes, very very fruity! Fruit bomb, gourmand, nice fresh acidity, cerise rouge croquante (90 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Les Quartz
Nose of very black fruit, mine de crayon, mineral, incense, hint of smoke… Very nice concentration, loads of ripe tannin, black cherries, salinity, mineral, very black fruit! (94 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Reserve
Nose of licorice, black cherries, very mineral, soy sauce… crisp black fruit gamey, loads of silky tannin, very cold, fresh (94 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Safres
Nose of ripe strawberries, framboise, mineral, ripe and fresh at the same time…. Very silky taste, fraise écrasée, framboise, hint of citrus in the finish, nice balance… I start to love more and more the wines from sandy soils!! (95 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz
Enormous nose of licorice, ripe black and red cherries, nice minerality… Very silky, loads of sappy tannin from the Syrah, loads of sappy red cherries, very delicious, mineral, salty, lenght of 45 seconds, (96 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Réserve
Huge nose of ripe strawberries, hint of licorice, black characoal, black cherries… Loads of ripe strawberries, ripe black cherries, loads of ripe and silky tannin… This wine will need 5-10 years to show it full potential and could become a 100 points wine!! <b>(99-100 points)

 

 

 

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