Le Clos du Caillou, Châteauneuf du Pape

Sylvie Vacheron, helped by the gifted Bruno Gaspard, is producing rich and very expressive Châteauneuf du Papes under Philippe Cambie’s supervision. The literally “larger than life” Philippe is considered the best oenologist in the Southern Rhône and with his advice, the quality of the estate's wines has greatly progressed. The gem in Le Clos du Caillou's portfolio is the ‘Bouquet des Garrigues’: with a feel and style of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, it is not a straight forward Côtes du Rhône as the label indicates.

Wines by Le Clos du Caillou, Châteauneuf du Pape

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Côtes du Rhône Clos du Caillou Blanc
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Cheese Match
Picodon (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk); Saint Nectaire (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk); Banon (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk)
Food Match
Seafood Risotto; Paella; Bouillabaisse; Lobster Thermidor; Pasta alla Carbonara; Truffled Scrambled Eggs; Rabbit Terrine
Review

“Starting out with the whites, and made from mostly Pink Clairette, blended with 30% Grenache Blanc, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Blanc is a pretty, delicious effort that has solid purity, medium-bodied richness and a clean, classy, quaffable profile. White peach, citrus blossom and melon are just some of the notes that emerge here, and it should dish out plenty of pleasure over the coming year or two. Drink now-2015.” [2012 vintage] Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate eRobertParker.com

Côtes du Rhône Clos du Caillou Blanc
Vintage: 2016
Country: France
Region: Rhone
Colour: White
Grape: 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette Rose, 30% Bourboulenc
Size: 75cl

Côtes du Rhône Blanc Clos du Caillou 2016 from Clos du Caillou is made with almost 1/3rd Pink Clairette, a nearly forgotten grape variety. Taken from vines planted over 50 years ago, this Côtes du Rhône Blanc is delightfully aromatic with notes of grapefruit, white peach and lemon mint. Fresh and elegant on the palate, this is a very pretty effort.

Price: £15.00 per bottle
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Côtes du Rhône Blanc 'Bouquet des Garrigues'
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Cheese Match
Picodon (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk); Saint Nectaire (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk); Banon (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk)
Food Match
Seafood Risotto; Paella; Bouillabaisse; Lobster Thermidor; Pasta alla Carbonara; Truffled Scrambled Eggs; Rabbit Terrine
Review

“The 2013 Côtes du Rhône Bouquet des Garrigues Blanc is a fresh, lively and obviously well-made white that gives up notes of citrus blossom, green herbs and mineral. It’s a delicious, fresh and elegant white to drink over the coming year or two.” [2013 vintage] Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate eRobertParker.com

Côtes du Rhône Blanc 'Bouquet des Garrigues'
Vintage: 2016
Country: France
Region: Rhône
Colour: White
Grape: 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette, 30% Viognier
Size: 75cl

Côtes du Rhône Blanc 'Bouquet des Garrigues' Clos du Caillou 2016 is a very pretty, feminine wine. Layers of white flowers, acacia honey, quince, grapefruit and green fig are complemented by a fresh acidity and a lingering fruity finish.

Price: £21.25 per bottle
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Côtes du Rhône Rouge 'Bouquet des Garrigues'
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Cheese Match
Bergues (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk); Mont d'Or (soft cheese made from unpasteurised goat’s and cow’s milk)
Food Match
Roast Lamb stuffed with Garlic and Rosemary; Woodcock with Wild Mushrooms; Roasted Vegetables; Steak; Roast Pork; Venison Casserole
Review

“Bright crimson. Fine and fresh – more racy and aromatic, and lighter, than the Beaucastel Coudoulet. But fun if you are not looking for concentration.” [2014 vintage] Jancis Robinson, Purple Pages of  jancisrobinson.com

“A step up over the Sans Soufre, yet not yet bottled, the 2013 Côtes du Rhône Bouquet des Garrigues has plenty of dark berry fruit, pepper and wet-rock qualities to go with a medium-bodied, juicy, yet balanced profile. It too is upfront, supple and will drink nicely over the coming 3-5 years.” Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate RobertParker.com

“This 45-hectare property on the border with Châteauneuf-du-Pape started organic viticulture in 1996 and since 2007 has been farmed biodynamically. As you’d expect from the name, this wine is full of garrigue notes plus lots of dark fruit on a fine, silky and refreshing palate.” [2014 vintage] Christelle Guibert, Decanter.com

“It may say Côtes du Rhône on the label, but this unusually elegant cuvee from Châteauneuf-du-Pape-based Clos du Caillou – with its finger-staining red and black berries, its clove and pepper and its meaty depths – knocks spots off many wines from more expensive southern Rhône appellations.” [2014 vintage] David Williams, The Observer Food Montly

Côtes du Rhône Rouge 'Bouquet des Garrigues'
Vintage: 2016
Country: France
Region: Rhone
Colour: Red
Grape: 85% Grenache Noir, 10% Syrah, 5% Carignan/ Mourvèdre
Size: 75cl

Côtes du Rhône Rouge Bouquet des Garrigues Clos du Caillou 2016 has enticing aromas of liquorice, cinnamon, leather and morello cherries. Made from vines with an average age of 50 years, it is medium bodied and well balanced, with a silky texture and pure, sweet fruit finish.

Price: £21.25 per bottle
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