- Clos Du Caillou Cotes Du Rhone Bouquet Des Garrigues 2012 Product #28890 (In Stock)
Always one of our very favorite Cotes du Rhones, and in 2012 a wine that outshines many much more expensive Chateauneuf du Pape! It’s a blend of 85% Grenache and equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre, all aged in tank and neutral barrel. Grenache raspberry and sweet cherry aromas and flavors take center stage, but there’s plenty of black olive tapenade, crushed herb, and black pepper complexity. Very pure, very delicious.
“The 2012 Cotes du Rhone Bouquet des Garrigues is a brilliant looking tank sample. Aged all in foudre, it offers up ripe, pure notes of crushed stone, pepper and earthy notes to go with both red and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and textured, with sweet tannin, it’s one serious Cotes du Rhone that will evolve for 4-7 years. Drink 2014-2021.”Wine Advocate 90-92 points
- Clos Du Caillou Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Safres 2012 Product #28888 (In Stock)
A stunner of a Chateauneuf, les Safres is about 95% Grenache with just a touch of Syrah. Full of dark raspberry and black cherry fruit with layers of spice, floral, and crushed stone accents, this is silky and poised now and will get fleshier and more rich with time.
“Bright ruby. Mineral-tinged redcurrant, raspberry and spicecake aromas, with a hint of candied lavender. Clean and zesty, showing intense red fruit and floral character, assertive spiciness and very good clarity. Finishes silky and long, with vibrant berry character, soft tannins and a lingering note of tangy minerality.”International Wine Cellar 91-93 points
“Also almost all Grenache and coming from compacted sand soils (Safres), the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Safres shows superb complexity with notions of white pepper, creamy licorice, black cherry and dusty stone-like minerality on the nose. Seamless and elegant, with building, fine tannin, it-s a polished, impressively endowed effort that will have 10-12 years of longevity. Drink 2015-2024.”Wine Advocate 91-93 points
- Clos Du Caillou Chateauneuf Du Pape Reserve 2012 Product #28889 (In Stock)
As always, one of the most impressive wines in all of Chateauneuf, this marries the intense ripeness of old-vine Grenache to the earthy complexity and power of Mourvedre. Only 70 cases made and about half that imported to the USA. Probably the most pure power you’ll find in any Chateauneuf of the vintage.
“Opaque ruby. Expressive cherry compote, incense and licorice aromas are complemented by potpourri, vanilla and smoky minerals. Seamless, juicy and deep, offering expansive black raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors and a suave floral pastille quality. Shows impressive density with zero excess weight, finishing sweet, broad and very long. Potentially one of the wines of the vintage.”International Wine Cellar 93-95 points
“The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Clos du Caillou Reserve is flat out gorgeous. Meaty and rich, with floral-tinged notes of blackberry, raspberry, melted licorice, ground garrigue and roasted meats, this full-bodied, rich and decadent effort has perfect integration of its fruit, acidity and tannin, with no hard edges and building richness. It should benefit from short-term cellaring and have upward of two decades of longevity. Drink 2016-2032.” Wine Advocate 94-97+ points