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Caillou Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve 2007

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RP 97, ST 95-98

Region: France » Rhône
Color: Red
Variety: Rhone
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"The 2007 Le Clos du Caillou Reserve is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and 20% Syrah, with the Grenache aged in concrete tanks and the other components aged in both demi-muids and small barrels. This wine will probably not be as long-lived as the utterly perfect 2001, but it is a wine of considerable substance, richness, and appeal. Dense purple to the rim, this is an ethereal beauty of purity and substantial power, allied together in a wine offering up notes of licorice, incense, acacia flowers, black raspberry and black currant notes. It is full-bodied, deep, and for this particular cuvee, surprisingly accessible due to the sweetness of the tannins and the high levels of glycerin and rich fruit. This wine is irresistible already, although it will certainly develop more nuances aromatically over the next 4-5 years and evolve for at least two decades. This is sensational stuff and a great effort. A small but sensational estate (just under 25 acres), Le Clos du Caillou came to my attention when the property was acquired in the mid-1990s by Jean-Denis Vacheron and his wife Sylvie. After a succession of brilliant wines, Jean-Denis was tragically killed in an automotive accident in 2002, leaving his widow to run the estate with the assistance of two terrific oenologists from Chateauneuf du Pape, Bruno Gaspard and Philippe Cambie, who started in 2001 (coincidentally, when I gave a perfect score to their Reserve Chateauneuf du Pape). It has taken a few years to get the estate back to the level that existed there between 1998 and 2001, but that has certainly been accomplished over recent vintages. All three Chateauneuf du Papes in 2007 merit significant attention." RP

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