Interestingly, Clos du Caillou is nestled right beside the famous Châteauneuf du Pape appellation, only a small portion of vineyards within its borders. When its boundaries were drawn in 1936, the owner of the estate refused entry to government experts trying to visit the domaine (then a hunting lodge) and it was duly omitted from the region. However, this small enclave still has privileged access to the high quality terroir found in Châteauneuf du Pape – setting their Côtes du Rhône wines apart from their peers.
85% Grenache and 15% Syrah.
Grapes are hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard, sourced from 60 year old vines. Winemaker Bruno Gaspard adopts a very hands-on approach to selecting fruit; by tasting the grapes himself, he decides when the harvest should commence. Combining his expertise with nearly 15 years’ experience at the domaine, he ensures the resultant wines deliver on flavour by selecting grapes at optimal ripeness. Aged in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling.
Drink now and over the next 18 months.
Clos du Caillou was established in 1895 and for many years functioned as a hunting lodge, until the 1950's when Claude Pouzin, father of current owner, Sylvie Vacheron, began to realise the potential the estate had to offer. The domaine began its first commercial venture in 1970 and it was in 1996 that Sylvie and her husband Jean-Denis took over and continued her father’s legacy. After the tragic death of Jean-Denis in 2002, Sylvie now works closely alongside winemaker Bruno Gaspard.
The domaine is committed to biodynamic practices and achieved organic certification in 2010.
Perfect match for casserole, tagine of lamb or similarly hearty, mildly spicy spices.