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2003 Clos du Caillou - Chateauneuf du Pape

  • 92 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Rhone Blend
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SKU: 47182-2003-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($52) Light red. Fresh, floral nose offers aromas of dried cherry, cranberry, fresh rose and garrigue Warm and lush on the palate, with slightly roasted red berry and plum flavors. Finishes with gentle tannins and lingering red berry notes.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Rustic at first, with grainy but ripe tannins underneath black cherry, cedar, tobacco and mineral flavors. Gets darker and fleshier through the finish though, so I expect this to blossom with cellaring.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Since I had just reviewed the 2004 (rated 89) during the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape retrospective, we skipped that vintage and went straight to the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape. Smoking good in the vintage, with full-bodied richness and sweet tannin, it boasts perfumed notes of garrigue, Asian spice, dried flowers and kirsch liqueur to go with big fruit, no hard edges and a drink-me-now feel. It's drinking at point for me, and I'd consume bottles over the coming couple of years while it's showing so well.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Thick, sweet and yet exciting. Well balanced. This wine seems to have a better future than many.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
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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

    • 137 bottles owned
    • 20 collectors