2016 Le Clos du Caillou "Cuvée Unique" Côtes du Rhône Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1417176 Wine Spectator

 This has a ripe core of cherry and plum compote flavors backed by a light red licorice note on the juicy finish. (JM, Web only-2018)

K&L Notes

Assembled with the help of winemaker Bruno Gaspard, this cuvée is specially bottled exclusively for North Berkeley Imports. The blend of 92% Grenache and 8% Mourvèdre hails from vines averaging 45 years in age. It's vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel and then aged for a year in a combination of 60% neutral oak and 40% stainless. Aromas of wild thyme, lavender, and rosemary mingle with brambly black cherry on the nose, while the palate exhibits deep raspberry and kirsch flavors to go with medium-weight tannins and glycerol. It's a stellar over-achiever from a classic vintage, made by a reference point estate at the top of its game. That's a trifecta, baby!

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2019 | Send Email
A gorgeous Rhône blend with a great backstory to boot: this property is right in the middle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but when the lines of the appellation were being drawn, the winemakers - and hunters - had no interest in participating and chased the surveyors off their land! So Le Clos de Caillou remained as Cotes du Rhône, not designated with the elevated status. But technically, it shares qualities with its more decorated neighbors. Which makes this Cuvée unique. There is the suggestion of dark fruit up front without tilting towards the jamminess that can be displayed in Southern Rhône wines. A hint of spice and licorice notes in the midpalate give way to a long, even finish. Though it's a big wine at 15%, the alcohol doesn't feel overbearing, and the tannins are subtle. Well balanced, earthy, and elegant. CDP without the price tag!

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Rhone Blends



- 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.


- 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