2004 le clos du caillou, chateauneuf-du-pape, la reserve
Why We're Buying
Grenache and mourvèdre are staples in Southern France's wine industry. No place has mastered these two grapes like Le Clos du Caillou. It's Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Reserve is the highest-priced wine featuring grenache and mourvèdre from the region, retailing around $150 per bottle.
Bright red. Intensely spicy nose offers ripe cherry and blackberry scents and a strong cracked pepper component. This includes 30% mourvedre and 10% syrah, and it shows today. Quite sweet on the palate, with deep dark berry flavors, a chewy texture and powerful tannins carrying through the bright, focused finish. Has the fruit and structure to repay cellaring.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In stark contrast, the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Le Clos du Caillou was open for business, with a perfumed, layered and balanced profile that was begging to be drunk. Made from 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, it offers plenty of black raspberry, chocolate, spring flowers and spice, full-bodied richness, and a multi-dimensional, layered and seamless style. Drink it over the coming decade. (JD)