Le Clos du Caillou, Côtes du Rhône Rosé

Bottle Size: 750mL

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The Le Clos du Caillou, Côtes du Rhône Rosé vintage 2018 will be remembered by the winemakers of Chateauneuf- du-Pape for years. After an abundant budding, the vintage seemed to be generous. But it was underestimating on the vagary of Spring, which turned out to be extremely rainy, with more than 300 mm of precipitation in April and May. Without any help from the Mistral, the atmosphere was hot and wet, offering perfect conditions for Mildew development. “Never seen such a Spring,” told us our Elders. This season required an investment of every moment for our team, especially for our vineyard, grown organically. Luckily, the summer was hot and dry, providing favorable conditions for producing and harvest grapes of excellent quality at full maturity. Marked by low yields (17 to 20 hl/ha), our 2018 wines have a beautiful elegance, delicate tannins, and an outstanding balance. A seductive vintage, under low allocation.

This wine has a pretty brilliant color of Cavaillon melon flesh. The nose is intensely fragranced with a panel of exotic fruit aromas, Antilles banana accompanied by notes of grapefruit. The mouth is creamy and tonic, on aromas of white flesh fruits and peach, with a long finish.

Winery: Le Clos du Caillou – https://www.closducaillou.com/en/wines/cotes-du-rhone/le-caillou-rose/2018
Wine Style: Sparkling – White, Southern Rhône Rosé
Grapes: 55% Grenache, 15% Counoise, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre
Country / Region / Sub-Region: France / Côtes-du-Rhône /
Alcohol:  %
Rating (Vivino): 3.7/5

Tasting Notes

This wine has a pretty brilliant color of Cavaillon melon flesh. The nose is intensely fragranced with a panel of exotic fruit aromas, Antilles banana accompanied by notes of grapefruit. The mouth is creamy and tonic, on aromas of white flesh fruits and peach, with a long finish.

Vineyard

The Clos du Caillou was founded in 1895 when Élie Dussaud settled there and created an old cellar. It started as a hunting preserve and this history ironically led to its exclusion from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation upon its creation in the 1930s.

When the government experts arrived at the Clos in 1936 to survey the land for its inclusion in the new appellation, they were met with armed caretakers telling them they were not welcome! This is the reason for the seemingly inexplicable blank spot in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation map.

The domain got the organic certification in the 2010 vintage. It was the outcome of efforts towards natural practices started by Claude Pouizin in the early 1950s. It lasted 3 years of reconversion. In this same philosophy, for a few years, one part of the vineyard is conducted in biodynamic agriculture way, with the goal to swing on the totality of the vineyard.

Pairing

Les Clos du Caillou Le Caillou, Rosé is best paired with:

  • Pork
  • Rich fish (salmon, tuna, etc)
  • Shellfish
  • Poultry

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