Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Clos du Caillou Réserve Sylvie Vacheron Information
About the domain
Sylvie Vacheron manages Le Clos du Caillou with an expert hand. The vineyard was indeed once a clos, or walled plot, of 17 hectares but today the vines are planted across 53 hectares in the Côtes-du-Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellations. The terroir is of a very high quality, primarily comprising sand and galets roulés with excellent filtering properties. Sylvie Vacheron runs the vineyard and cultivates it with loving care. The soil is enriched with organic compost, the plots are tilled regularly, herbicides are avoided completely and harvesting is manual. Sylvie’s determination has paid off as this is now one of the top domains in the appellation.
About the cuvée
This organically-certified cuvée is a blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre grapes grown in sandy soils that give the wine extra refinement and freshness. Both are vinified together in a tapered wooden tank used 8 times before. The wine is then matured for 18 months in demi-muid casks. This magnificent Châteauneuf-du-Pape develops astonishing notes of licorice, pine resins and aromatic herbs. The palate is extremely fresh and the tannins are mellow, lending a mild aspect to this already highly refined wine. Its gourmet flavours are reminiscent of stewed or even jammy fruit. It is a wine of great complexity that should be enjoyed with a cottage pie and truffles.
The best vintages for Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Clos du Caillou Réserve Sylvie Vacheron :
2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998
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Biodynamic : The «biodynamic» designation is used for all estates certified as using biodynamic methods, as verified by one of the two official bodies, Demeter or Biodyvin. All wines produced by biodynamic methods are also certified as organic. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Organic : The «organic» designation covers all estates certified as using organic methods, as verified by one of the bodies approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, such as Ecocert. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Sustainable : The «sustainable» designation covers all estates certified as using integrated or High Environmental Value (level 3 Environmental Certification) techniques. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Evironmentally friendly : The «environmentally friendly» designation refers to estates practising environmentally friendly wine-growing techniques, but that have not opted for certification or who are still in the process of converting to organic agriculture or biodynamics. These estates may have adopted biodynamic principles (non-certified) or simply no longer use chemical products. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Natural : Wines which are produced without any added sulfur (or almost any) and with no other inputs. However, given that there is no official body to issue the natural wine label, it is based on winemakers’ statements. This designation applies to recent vintages.