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2017 Le Clos du Caillou "La Réserve" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $140)

SKU #1417191 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark More closed, yet still loaded with potential, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Reserve offers a tight, reserved bouquet of cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with ample spice box, mineral, and meaty notes developing with time in the glass. Full-bodied, concentrated, and straight on the palate, it has beautiful depth and richness, yet needs 4-5 years of bottle age. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Hints of cedar and vanilla from aging in 20% new demi-muids accent ripe black cherries in this full-bodied, silky-textured but concentrated wine that once again manages to combine richness with airiness, power with elegance and features a finish that lingers while being refreshing at the same time. It's still a major-league contender for wine of the vintage. (JC) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

96-97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Opaque ruby. Explosive red berry preserve and spicecake aromas are complemented by hints of smoky minerals, incense and candied lavender, and a subtle licorice note emerges with aeration. Juicy and impressively concentrated yet surprisingly lithe, offering sweet raspberry, cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavors and an exotic five-spice powder flourish. The extremely long, energetic finish features resonating florality and smooth tannins that merge quickly with the wine's clinging, sweet fruit. (JR) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Grown on sand in lieux-dits La Guigasse and Pignan, the fruit is destemmed and fermented in tronconic vats, then matured mostly in demi-muid, and 10% in amphora, for 14 months. It has very precise loganberry fruit with a hint of balsamic lift on the nose. It's medium- to full-bodied with no heaviness, and there's a pleasing lightness of touch despite the fact it's built on a firm foundation of ripe tannin. A very long finish shows off the wine's great finesse, with a gentle mineral undertow. Intense, elegant and textural. (WK) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A really impressive Châteauneuf with rich and ripe summer-berry aromas, as well as a fragrant array of spices and fresh flowers. The palate has a very rich and deep-set feel with smooth, fresh tannins on offer and a succulent, lithe and juicy feel. From organically grown grapes. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Juicy and focused, with a long beam of cherry, plum and raspberry puree flavors running through, flanked by light apple wood and red licorice details. The fresh and sleek finish makes this accessible now, but there’s plenty of fruit in reserve. (JM) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

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