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Le Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Reserve 2020  - First Bottle


98-100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
A co-fermented blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Mourvèdre, matured in demi-muids (about 10% of the volume is in amphorae this year), the 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve is a strong candidate for perfection. Sourced from the lieux-dits of Guigasse and Pignan, the nose delivers the essence of sandy-soil Grenache, with notes of rose petals, lavender, thyme, cherries and raspberries. Full-bodied and lush, silky and long, it adds hints of toasty oak and salted licorice on the finish.
98 Decanter -
Captivating spice-led nose, this is a lithe, dynamic and athletic style of Châteauneuf. Very well balanced and focused with great aromatic precision. The alcohol is gently warming on the finish but this is nonetheless just gorgeous. Grown on sand in lieux-dits La Guigasse and Pignan, destemmed, fermented in tronconic vats then matured mostly in demi-muid and a 10% portion in amphora for 14 months.
95-97+ Jeb Dunnuck -
The 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Reserve is the usual co-fermented blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre that’s still aging mostly in demi-muids, with a small amount in amphora. It’s another incredibly elegant yet ripe, concentrated 2020 that has the vintage’s purity and freshness front and center. Lots of black raspberry and cassis fruit as well as pepper, flowers, and Provençal herbs define the bouquet, and it has polished tannins that emerge on the palate. I’d put it up with the crème de la crème of the vintage.

Technical Details

  • Blend55% Grenache and 45% Mourvedre
  • WinemakerSylvie Vacheron
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone
  • AppellationChateauneuf-du-Pape
  • VineyardLieux dits Guigasse and Pignan
  • Farming MethodOrganic Certified
  • Aging/Cooperage10% is aged in amphorae
  • Alcohol15%

Le Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Reserve 2020

Red Blends  |  France
WA98-100, DC98, JD95-97+

Organic Certified
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Showcasing the elegance and purity of the 2020 vintage, the La Reserve bottling balances the wines typical ripeness and concentration with a light and lively freshness. Myriad and harmonious fruits, spices, and earthy mineral and herbs reveal a classic CdP that will be a standout in any collection. This will prove to be one of the greatest wines in the region for 2020.

About the Producer

The Clos du Caillou was founded in 1895 when Elie Dussaud settled there and created an old cellar. It started as a hunting preserve and this history ironically led to its exclusion from the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation upon its creation in the 1930's. IN 1996, Sylvie Vacheron and her husband, Jean-Denis Vacheron, decided to leave Sancerre terroirs for a huge challenge : take over the vineyard Le Clos du Caillou and produce great wines. Jean-Denis has very high ambition for the vineyard. He is determined to produce wines that suits him, free of any diktat. He like the finesse, the elegance, the Burgundy style.