Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz 2019
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|Mostly old grenache sticks with a small portion of syrah|
|Mature, sultry, grenache-driven style|
|Serious storage potential|
Les Quartz from Châteauneuf du Pape
"A brilliant, age-worthy Châteauneuf du Pape that's loaded with Provencal charm and character!" - Jeb Dunnuck, February 2020
The wines of Clos de Caillou are characterized by a striking freshness for a region as warm as the southern Rhône. This is mainly due to the sandy soils on which the grapes are planted. For lovers of a sultry Rhône style, however, Les Quartz is the wine. Still refined, but in a very ripe, fruity style.
Les Quartz is mainly made of grenache from old sticks, with a small part of syrah. While syrah provides structure and pepperiness, it is the grenache that provides sultry, ripe fruit and a full body. The Grenache is also planted on a sandy soil covered with 'galets'. These are the typical flat round quartz stones that you see a lot in the southern Rhône. During the day these stones store solar heat, which they then release at night. This ensures optimally ripe grapes, and gives the wine richness and storage potential.
The grapes are harvested by hand and carefully selected. Then the grapes ferment together in a special conical wooden barrel, with the help of yeasts present on the grapes. The wine is then aged for fourteen months in demi-muids (600L barrels), half new, half used.
The end result is more than impressive. This Châteauneuf is sensual, luscious, rich, powerful and complex. Add to that some serious storage potential of at least a decade, and we couldn't understand why you shouldn't put a box of this wine in the cellar.
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