2017 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Rouge
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Tasting notes Clos du Caillou rouge
Sylvie Vacheron and Bruno Gaspard make an unparalleled and very accessible côtes du rhône. The grapes originate from a sixty-year-old vineyard with mainly grenoe grape vines (90%), supplemented with syrah, counoise and mourvèdre. The plots have been certified organic since 2010 and are a stone's throw from the border with Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the commune of Courthezon.
Jancis Robinson, the famous English wine writer, calls the style of the wines 'Burgundian'; a reference to the beautiful elegance in combination with the very pleasant, fresh-spicy taste. A style that in the southern Rhône - with usually heavy, alcohol-rich wines - is not easy to make and which gives Clos de Caillou a big advantage over the competition.
The grapes undergo a first selection in the vineyard and are therefore picked by hand. A second selection follows immediately upon arrival in the cellar, after which the fermentation takes place in traditional concrete cuves. Afterwards, the wine ripens briefly in the concrete cuves and partly in large old oak casks.
The intention of Vacheron and Gaspard is to preserve as much as possible the spiciness and fruit notes of the grenache in this cuvée. And that has been very successful in the top year of 2015. An incredibly good côtes du rhône and an example wine for this well-known designation of origin in which (too) many poorly performing traders and cooperatives deliver poor quality. Note: limited availability!
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