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1998 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

FRANCE / RHÔNE / CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
  • 97 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 47346-1998-750-2A

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$175.00

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Full deep ruby-red. Liqueur-like aroma of plum, raspberry, black cherry and game; faintly porty but vibrant. Thick and supersweet, with deep meat and leather notes lifted by a violety nuance. As lush and seamless as this is, there also excellent definition of flavor. Finishes with firm, ripe tannins and excellent persistence. Vacheron says the tannins are tougher today than they were two months ago, but they seem fine enough to me. This went through its malolactic fermentation and subsequent aging in a new foudre
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2001
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    One of the top wines in the vintage today, the 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve le Clos du Caillou tastes more like a mature Bordeaux than a Chateauneuf du Pape. Giving up lots of graphite, smoked meats, olive, tobacco and dark fruits, this beauty is full-bodied, concentrated and textured, with building tannin, yet possesses the hallmark elegance and purity of the estate. The first vintage from this cuvee and coming from 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, it will continue to drink beautifully through 2023+.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Sensational. Thick, inky-black, ripe yet fresh, with supervelvety tannins that integrate the black fruit and the mineral, leather and bitter chocolate character. Despite its power, it's seamless on the finish.
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
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  • The exceptional quality and stylistic excellence of this property's wines are due to the dedication, versatility, and forward thinking of both the late Jean-Denis Vacheron (who married the owner's daughter, Sylvie Pouzin) and the current winemaker, Bruno Gaspard. Jean-Denis and Sylvie had taken over from her father, Claude, in 1996. However, in 2002, Jean-Denis was killed in a traffic accident and Sylvie took the reins. Today, with the help of Gaspard as well as oenologist Philippe Cambie, she has catapulted the domaine into the elite echelon of the Southern Rhône. Despite holding only nine hectares of land, the domaine boasts venerable neighbors (Château Rayas and Château de Beaucastel), and its vineyards have elements of the best of both these estates. The rocky-sandy soils provide excellent drainage and impart minerality to these Châteauneuf-du-Papes.

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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 318 bottles owned
    • 67 collectors