Le Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve 2018 - 750ml

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97pts Jeb Dunnuck

The flagship is the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Réserve and it’s an even split of Grenache and Mourvèdre that was all destemmed and was brought up mostly in demi-muids (there was a small part in larger, clay amphora. Slightly deeper hued than the Les Quartz, it has a Mourvèdre dominated bouquet of red and black berry fruits, loads of spice and dried garrigue, graphite, and a hint of mint. With full-bodied richness on the palate, it has an incredible sense of purity and finesse in its tannins and texture, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. I’d put this in the top handful of wines in the vintage and while it’s approachable today, it’s going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for two decades.

97pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Hints of cedar and vanilla appear on the nose of the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve, which is aged in demi-muids (20% new), adding a human-derived aspect to the mouthwatering notes of cherries and raspberries. It's full-bodied, silky and even almost lacy in texture, delivering intense pleasure on the palate without excess weight, then lingering on the finish, where the red-fruit flavors come to the fore, practically vibrating in intensity. Because of the effects of mildew on the Grenache, this vintage is just over 50% Mourvèdre.

94pts Wine Spectator

Ripe and silky in feel, with waves of creamed plum, blackberry and cherry fruit gliding along, while licorice snap, rooibos tea and incense notes weave through. Offers nice persistence on the finish. Grenache and Syrah. Best from 2021 through 2033.

Winemaker Notes

The 2018 Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve has a pretty blood-red color with Falun's red reflections. The nose is complex, with aromas of cherry, black plum liquor, damson plums and wild laurel. The palate is beautiful, creamy and fresh. It contains aromas of back cherry and wild blackberry, all supported by sweet spices. Very nice length.

This wine pairs excellent alongside Orange Duck, Beef Cheek, or Chestnut Turkey.