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2017 Domaine Le Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf du Pape Les Safres

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RATINGS

95Wine Enthusiast

...unbelievable complexity and finesse...gorgeously perfumed red redolent of kirsch and charred earth, boysenberry preserves and fur. Velveteen tannins and a delicate cinnamon kiss mark the finish.

94Jeb Dunnuck

...beautiful notes of kirsch liqueur, new saddle leather, garrigue, and peppery incense. Rounded, beautifully textured, and elegant, with ultra-fine tannins...seamless, sensational Châteauneuf Du Pape that shines on all accounts.

93The Wine Advocate

Hints of rosemary and pine accent cherries and apricots... Full-bodied, rich and velvety...finishes long and intense.

93-94Vinous / IWC

...complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruit, exotic spice, smoked meat and floral aromas, enlivened by a vibrant mineral quality that builds in the glass. Sweet, seamless and expansive in the mouth, offering densely packed raspberry, cherry, lavender and spicecake flavors that show excellent clarity and back-end cut. The mineral and floral notes drive an impressively long, sappy finish shaped by smooth tannins.

92James Suckling

Abundant oak spice and gently meaty notes here with a succulent and granular tannin texture on the palate that holds fresh and long, earthy berry flavors.

91Wine Spectator

Light savory and garrigue notes lead off, followed by a hint of worn leather before the supple cherry and red currant coulis flavors appear. Everything carries through the silky, perfumed finish.

15.5Jancis Robinson

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.