Le Clos du Caillou, Southern Rhone Valley France Tasting
Saturday 2-4 pm.
September 2, 2017
The much applauded Clos Du Caillou produces classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines that get better and better every year. The domaine is situated on the edge of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is unique in that, in 1936, the owner (of what was then a hunting retreat) refused to allow the experts who were drawing up the boundaries of the appellation to visit his domaine. Thus it was not included in the delimited area and remains to this day an enclave within the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. The domaine practices biodynamic farming techniques, was certified “Agriculture Biologique” in 2010.
The energetic winemaker Bruno Gaspard is a man who takes a seriously hands-on approach. Come the harvest, he prefers to choose when to pick based purely on tasting the grapes himself. This emphasis on flavour leads to wines of great concentration, lifted by the trademark elegance of this great domaine. The style of this domaine is for full-bodied wines with rich red fruit flavours, velvety texture and fine tannins.
The estate in Courthézon, in the northeastern part of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, boasts a mix of terroirs with a predominance of sand, which gives Caillou wines their silky elegance and fine-grained texture. Importantly, the “clos,” or walled portion of the estate where vines for Côtes du Rhône wines are grown, shares the same terroir with Caillou’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards.
We have been wanting to highlight this producer for sometime now. This Saturday is that day.
Saturday, September 2nd. 2-4 pm. No fee tasting.