2015 Le Clos du Caillou "La Réserve" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1316125 94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The crème of the lineup and made from the normal blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre, aged in 20% new demi-muids, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape La Reserve is a full-bodied, polished and elegant example of this cuvée that offers lots of toasted spices, black raspberry and cassis fruit, beautifully ripe tannin and a great finish. I’d like to see a touch more mid-palate depth and concentration, but this is flat out gorgeous nonetheless. (JD)  (10/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator

 This is tightly coiled, with intense raspberry and cherry reduction notes waiting to unwind, but held in check for now by myriad licorice, iron, rooibos tea and singed alder details. Shows terrific cut and tension through the finish, revealing a blaze of minerality. Just needs some time to harmonize fully. (JM)  (9/2017)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Réserve checks in as a classic blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Mourvèdre that was brought up all in 600-liter demi-muids. It has a perfumed, elegant, full-bodied style in its black raspberry, passion fruit, orange blossom and floral aromas and flavors. With gorgeous tannin, impeccable balance and solid freshness, it's reminiscent of the 2011 and ideal for drinking over the coming 10-15 years. (JebDunnuck.com)  (10/2017)

95 points James Suckling

 Just over half grenache, the balance is mourvèdre. This delivers spicy, brash and assertive dark berries, as well as pepper and dark stony aromas. The palate exudes creeping, dark plum-flavored fruit. Long tannins. Best from 2022.(NS)  (8/2017)

93-95 points Vinous

 Youthful violet. A highly complex, expansive bouquet evokes ripe blueberry, Indian spices, candied lavender and sandalwood, and a zesty mineral overtone gains strength as the wine stretches out. Stains the palate with appealingly sweet red and blue fruit flavors that show impressive depth as well as vivacity, thanks to a spine of juicy acidity. The extremely long, floral-driven finish is given shape by fine-grained tannins that are quickly absorbed by the intense, concentrated fruit. (JR)  (3/2017)

K&L Notes

Le Clos du Caillou is in the Courthezon portion of the Chateauneuf appellation. Most of the vineyards are on sandier soils and all are organically certified and farmed biodynamically. Grapes are hand-harvested and fermentation is done with native yeasts. Elevage is in a mix of new and used 600L barrels. The grapes come from two lieu-dits: La Guigasse, which is right next to the original Clos estate vineyard and the famed Pignan, known for being the primary source of Rayas's vines. Both are primarily sandy soils. It is a blend of Grenache and Mourvedre from vines averaging 60 years of age. It is one of the great wines of the region.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2017 | Send Email
Also on sandy soils. Shows the most garrigue and of course great concentration. Impeccable balance, never heavy or overwhelming. Tasted next to the 2012 which is just beginning to evolve. A great comparable thread running through the wine that speaks to the terroir. A wine that will grow and evolve for years to come.

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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