Lucien et Andre Brunel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Cailloux 2007

WA95, WS92
Grenache, Mourvèdre , Syrah

I think the finest vintage for the classic cuvee ever, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is a sensational blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah and the balance other permitted varieties. Aged mostly in tank, it offers a massive array of smoked herbs, lavender, black raspberries, toasted nuts, truffle and garrigue. Full-bodied, ripe, decadent and concentrated, it has slightly less structure than the '09, but has more raw material. This flat-out awesome Chateauneuf will have 20 years of longevity. - WA95

This gushes with blueberry, fig and black cherry fruit, all seamlessly woven with silky, fine-grained tannins. The stylish finish lets spice and incense notes check in, while buried minerality adds length. Drink now through 2019. - WS92

The Winery

Le Clos du Caillou is a wine producer located in the Rhône Valley on the border of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The estate was first founded in 1895 as a hunting reserve and was left forested until 1955 when the Pouizin family realized the land's vineyard potential. The first bottles of Le Clos du Caillou were not traded in France until the 1970s, and in 1980 the first bottles of wine were exported. Now the wines of Le Clos du Caillou are exported around the world.

The Le Clos du Caillou vineyard includes 9 hectares (22 acres) in Châteauneuf-du-Pape itself and another 45ha (111 acres) that falls under the Côtes du Rhône appellation. The soil is composed mainly of rolled Quartz pebbles (galets) and some sandy soils over marl. In Châteauneuf-du-Pape tradition, the vineyard is planted to many varieties including the red Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Counoise and white Viognier, Roussanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Grenache Blanc.

The grape varieties at Le Clos du Caillou are handpicked, sorted at the vineyard, and undergo fermentation naturally without the use of added yeasts. Stainless steel tanks are utilized for the white and rosé winemaking process, and the red wines are vinified in cement and wooden tanks. Red wines are aged in foudres and oak barrels for at least a year before being bottled. - Information from Wine Searcher

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