2012 Le Clos du Caillou "Les Quartz" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1273327 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape les Quartz is one of the more powerful, structured 2012s and exhibits wonderful black raspberry, creamy licorice, smoked earth and crushed rock/liquid minerality. Medium to full-bodied and classically styled on the palate, with a broad, expansive feel, it has sweet fruit, plenty of tannin and beautiful length. (JD)  (10/2014)

94 points Vinous

 Vivid purple. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit scents are complicated by notes of licorice and cola. In quite a different style than the Safres, offering sweet boysenberry and black raspberry flavors and a touch of white pepper. Tighten up on the finish, which clings with resonating spiciness. (JR)  (4/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 85% Grenache, 15% Syrah. Real mineral lift on the nose. Not heavy. Some lovely rose-petal-scented rich fruit and then vibrant life. A special bottling worth paying for? Lovely polish. Clean and bright. 18/20 points.(JR)  (11/2013)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape