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2016 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz

  • 97 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 JS
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 70263-2016-1500

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  • Rating: 96

    A prospective blend of the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz showed waves of cherry fruit, rich, velvety tannins and a long, spice-driven finish. It's a complete wine, even at this embryonic stage, and should age up to two decades.
    Author: Joe Czerwinski
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and velvety, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz is a complete thoroughbred. A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, it offers up stunning aromas of crushed stones, tea roses, black cherries and licorice. A powerhouse, loaded with extract, it finishes long and intense, picking up hints of chocolate and star anise. It appears capable of evolving for a couple of stunning decades.
    Drink Dates: 2020 - 2035
    Author: Joe Czerwinski
    Issue: 238
  • Vinous | Rating: 96

    Lurid ruby. A complex, hugely perfumed bouquet evokes red and blue fruit preserves, exotic spices, incense and floral oils, along with a vibrant mineral quality that builds steadily as the wine opens up. Alluringly sweet, seamless and broad on the palate, offering densely packed yet lithe raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that show remarkable clarity and back-end power. The mineral and floral components drive an extremely long, sweet finish that's given shape by smooth, well-knit tannins. The interplay of power and finesse here is awfully impressive. This wine, along with its Le Réserve sibling, is a standout in what has turned out to be a monumental vintage for the region.
    Drink Dates: 2024 - 2034
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: Jul 2018
  • James Suckling | Rating: 93

    Aromas of ripe, red plums meet dried, meadow flowers, strawberries and pastry. The tannins are suave, ripe and long, carrying plenty of deep, red plums. This really tests the limits of ripeness at the finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Bright and fresh, with a tasty core of raspberry and boysenberry coulis flavors lined with subtle anise and black tea notes. Shows a flash of apple wood on the finish, revealing latent depth and sneaky length. Offers a lovely feel throughout. Drink now through 2032. 910 cases made, 42 cases imported. — JM
    Drink Dates: 2018-2032
    Author: James Molesworth
    Issue: Nov 15, 2018
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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

    • 80 bottles owned
    • 7 collectors