Judging from the sales history of Les Clos du Caillou over the past 10 years +, I would think many of you have tasted or are familiar with the extraordinary quality of the wines produced by this domaine. I tasted many of the wines made in the Southern Rhone in the 2010 vintage earlier this year and two things are evident: the vintage is superb, and Les Clos du Caillou has produced the best wines I can remember ever tasting from this domaine. Yes, even superior to the fantastic ‘98, ’01,’05 and 2007’s. The wines display uncanny freshness and acidity along with wicked aromatics, concentration and power.
The 2010 Côtes du Rhone ($18.99) as always, never fails to impress. Licorice, chocolate and black cherry aromas. Rich and ripe flavors that are fresh and juicy, hallmarks of the vintage.
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape ‘Les Safres’($64.99) is a knockout. Unfortunately, the Wine Spectator publication thought so too and rated the wine 94 points out of 100. Inventory will go quickly. Don’t miss.
Lastly, the 2010 ‘Les Quartz’($89.99) is another effort with critical acclaim. The Wine advocate says: “The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz’s deep purple color shows slightly more density and bluish tones than the 2009. Full-bodied and layered with copious blackberry and blueberry fruit, it is a voluptuously textured, pure, slightly tannic Chateauneuf du Pape that will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for 15-20 years.” (93-95) points. LIMITED
Any of these wines would be perfectly suited for your up-coming holiday table whether you’re serving a traditional roast turkey or a standing rib roast. Have a great holiday.
Howard Padgett, Imported Wine Buyer