1999 Le Clos du Caillou "La Réserve" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1065745 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 With a hard act to follow, the 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Le Clos du Caillou showed beautifully and gave up complex spice-box, peppery herbs, game and tobacco-leaf-like aromas and flavors. A full-bodied, rich and layered Chateauneuf, it’s drinking at point, yet will continue to evolve gracefully for upward of another decade. (JD)  (8/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 From a site not far from Chateau Rayas, with a blend of reddish sand, chalk and galets roules; aged in a single new foudre Full medium ruby. Strongly mineral aromas of cassis, black cherry, plum, tobacco and smoky oak. Sweet, rich and layered; more harmonious today than the Quartz bottling. Lovely minerality gives vibrancy to the flavors. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins that really spread out to coat the palate. Shows exotic wood notes, as well as a strong chocolatey character, on the finish. (ST) 93+  (2/2002)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Chateauneuf du Pape