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2006 Clos du Caillou - Chateauneuf du Pape Les Safres

FRANCE / RHONE / CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
  • 90 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Rhone Blend
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SKU: 254309-2006-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($65; 100% grenache) Opaque ruby. Youthfully tight nose offers scents of red berries, cherry, minerals and fresh lavender. Vibrant, finely etched red berry flavors stain the palate, complicated by succulent herbs and licorice. Finishes with excellent tangy persistence and a strong echo of minerals.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2009
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Low-key sweet nose. Transparent and easy to approach. Rich but not horribly alcoholic. Some real refreshment in the fruit. Sweet and rewarding. Very ordinary label but it works.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 39665
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Quite grippy for the vintage, with licorice, plum, prune and dark berry fruit laid over a muscular frame. Has lots of sinew along with the flesh on the finish, where loam and mineral notes lurk. Needs a little time to round into form.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2023
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The sexy, round, layered 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Safres is atypically plush and forward for the vintage. Smoky black cherry and cassis fruit, along with a Provencal herb character emerge from this sumptuous, full-bodied wine.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2020
    Author: Robert Parker
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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

    • 211 bottles owned
    • 31 collectors