2010 Domaine Le Clos du Caillou "Réserve" Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1127718 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Cotes du Rhone Le Clos du Caillou Reserve is a 500-case offering fashioned from 75% Grenache and 25% Mourvedre. It boasts a dense purple color along with abundant meaty, blueberry, black raspberry, black currant and camphor notes intermixed with a hint of subtle smoke. With great intensity, superb palate presence as well as length, this serious Cotes du Rhone behaves more like a Chateauneuf du Pape than a humble Cotes du Rhone. This estate, which encompasses considerable acreage, produces Cotes du Rhones and Chateauneuf du Papes. It has nearly 25 acres in the former appellation as well as a remarkable 42 acres in the actual clos (or walled vineyard) of Caillou... The vineyards have been biodynamically farmed since 2003, and Domaine du Caillou is one of the reference points for Chateauneuf du Pape as well as Cotes du Rhone. Much of the credit for this must go to proprietress Sylvie Vacheron, who lost her husband in a tragic traffic accident in 2001. Along with her two daughters and her assistants, Bruno Gaspard and Aude Perch as well as consulting oenologist Philippe Cambie, Sylvie continues to produce an enviable portfolio of world-class wines. The Cotes du Rhone are Provencal in style... The 2010 Cotes du Rhones are all marvelous wines.  (10/2012)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Pungent dark berries and cherry on the nose, with notes of camphor and Asian spices and a hint of licorice. Weighty and palate-coating, with a supple texture to its rich black raspberry and spice flavors. Shows uncommon heft and richness for a 2010, not to mention a Cotes du Rhone, and finishes with impressive power and sweet persistence.  (5/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and ambitiously toasty, with lots of dark ganache and warm spice notes, but there's ample flesh to the plum sauce, steeped blackberry and warm cherry preserve flavors and a long, graphite spine for balance through the finish. Drink now through 2014.  (10/2012)

K&L Notes

15% abv.

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- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15