Clos Du Caillou Garrigues Cote Du Rhone 2010

This is the principal wine of the domain, produced on a qualitative terroir and covering 30 ha. The soil is composed of pebbles rolled with underground red clays, representing a warm soil, which brings viscosity and power, located on the “Le Coudoulet ” and “Les Garrigues” vineyards. It’s a blend of 85% of Grenache, 10% of Syrah and the remaining 5% divided between Carignan, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. 80 % of the vines are more than 50 years old, in the average yielded of 27 hl / ha. The vineyard followed a traditional working way, in the respect of the nature: no weed killer and no synthetic products, using of traditional cultural techniques.

"85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% Carignan, Mourvedre and Cinsault, from ‘Le Coudoulet' and ‘Les Garrigues' sites, from vines mainly over 50 y.o., fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine on skins 24-31 days, and aged 16 months in seasoned large oak. Certified AB organic. Bright, deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. Full, even aromas of ripe black fruits are complexed by fragrant florals, and hints of funky game and meat, the nose showing density and depth. Medium-full-bodied, rich, lush and juicy dark raspberry and black berry fruit flavours and full, grainy tannins form an up-front and bold, mouthfilling wine. The sweet ripeness is enhanced by lively acidity, and the flavours are carried to a fruity, textured finish with good length. This is a full and robustly fruit Cotes du Rhone to serve with casseroles and hearty red meat dishes over the next 4-6 years. 3,750 dozen made."
18.0-/20 Raymond Chan 

Le Clos du Caillou is ideally located in the commune of Courthezon in the South of France. It consists of 44 hectares in Côtes du Rhône, and 9 ha in Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. Le Clos has the distinction of being located on the border with the appellation Châteauneuf du Pape. Formerly a Hunting Reserve, in 1932 when the boundaries of the first appellation were being formed, the owner refused to meet with the authorities and thus jeopardised the opportunity of being included in the AOC Chateauneuf du Pape. The vineyards are certified agriculture biologique since vintage 2010. Grapes are harvested exclusively by hand and sorted before they arrive at the winery The domain wants to go further and become biodynamic – where the winegrower must follow nine strict biodynamic principles in both the agricultural aspect and the handling of the fruit. These practices are strictly scrutinised by the governing body - the Demeter Association - before the wine can be legally classified as ‘agriculture biodynamique’.

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