1999 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1177687 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red-ruby. Distinctly Burgundian aromas of red berries, smoke, underbrush and game. Sappy and silky in the mouth, with highly complex flavors of redcurrant, black cherry, tobacco, leather and game. Quite fine and pinot-like, and already very perfumed in the mouth. Finishes subtle and very long. A lovely combination of power and finesse. This wine was racked just once.  (1/2002)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 With four great vintages of Châteauneuf du Pape, 1999 being the least impressive, readers should not miss out on any of the 1999s from Domaine du Caillou as I have seen them available at retail. No, they are not the 1998s, 2000s, or 2001s, but they are spectacular efforts that represent some of the finest wines of the vintage. Not bad! (RP)  (2/2003)

K&L Notes

Located in the northeastern part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this estate has been farmed biodynamically for the past decade. This vintage is 90% Grenache, grown entirely on sandy soils. Since she took over the estate after the death of her husband, owner Sylvie Vacheron has become known for distinctively textured, supple wines. 14.8% ABV.

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Rhone Blends



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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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14.8