2016 Le Clos du Caillou "Les Quartz" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1338315 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz comes from soils loaded with quartzite stones and is another Grenache-dominated blockbuster from this estate. A translucent, ruby-colored effort, it just oozes Provençal charm in its ripe red and black fruits, building minerality, garrigue, pepper, and spice aromas and flavors. Deep, full-bodied, beautifully textured, and seamless, it has no shortage of tannins and is going to benefit from short-term cellaring. Still, it's certainly in the new style of the estate and brilliantly done.  (8/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and velvety, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz is a complete thoroughbred. A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, it offers up stunning aromas of crushed stones, tea roses, black cherries and licorice. A powerhouse, loaded with extract, it finishes long and intense, picking up hints of chocolate and star anise. It appears capable of evolving for a couple of stunning decades. (JC)  (8/2018)

96 points Vinous

 Lurid ruby. A complex, hugely perfumed bouquet evokes red and blue fruit preserves, exotic spices, incense and floral oils, along with a vibrant mineral quality that builds steadily as the wine opens up. Alluringly sweet, seamless and broad on the palate, offering densely packed yet lithe raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that show remarkable clarity and back-end power. The mineral and floral components drive an extremely long, sweet finish that's given shape by smooth, well-knit tannins. The interplay of power and finesse here is awfully impressive. This wine, along with its Le Réserve sibling, is a standout in what has turned out to be a monumental vintage for the region. (JR)  (7/2018)

94 points Decanter

 Strawberry, blueberry and black cherry here. Lusher in fruit and denser in tannin than their Safres. It has bright acidity and vibrant freshness, with a detailed, silky and seamless quality on the palate. A very harmonious and seductive wine, with the bright, polished, glassy Clos du Caillou style. A long, tapered finish. Drinking Window 2019-2026. (MW)  (10/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Bright and fresh, with a tasty core of raspberry and boysenberry coulis flavors lined with subtle anise and black tea notes. Shows a flash of apple wood on the finish, revealing latent depth and sneaky length. Offers a lovely feel throughout. (JM)  (9/2018)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- 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.
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