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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 14 
TypeRed
ProducerLe Clos du Caillou (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationDomaine du Caillou Les Quartz
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionRhône
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
AppellationChâteauneuf-du-Pape
UPC Code(s)689076198196

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2016 and 2024 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.9 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 21 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by cliffkol on 1/17/2015 & rated 91 points: Plums and dark cherries dominate the palate on this wine. It is still a very young wine but we opened a bottle to see where it’s at. And it's in a good place.

Upon opening, lots of funk and fungus odors. Calmed down during decant. 1 hour. Dominant flavors of plum and cherry with subtle spice, earth and cedar. I suspect the fruit will soften with time. This is a concentrated, layered, elegant wine. (879 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 11/30/2014 & rated 94 points: From a blend of 85% old vine Grenache and 15% Syrah, this concentrated, ripe, rich wine serves up a delicious mouthful of sweet, ripe and overripe cherries, fresh jammy strawberries, spice and herbs. As good as this is now, it should get even better with a few more years of age. (1595 views)
 Tasted by Higgie on 11/9/2014 & rated 91 points: Great wine! Smooth and a bit sweetish! Full Body! A lot better in The mouth than in The nose! (1114 views)
 Tasted by Curton on 5/16/2014 & rated 92 points: Extremely powerful. Abundance of ripe cherries. Heavy and complex. Outstanding wine. (1735 views)
 Tasted by affordableCollector on 5/16/2013 & rated 92 points: ruby red in color. blueberry, blackberry, cherry, earth, spice, cedar, oak, vanilla, on the nose. medium acid, medium tannins on the finish. (3186 views)
 Tasted by jaumealaska on 4/20/2013 & rated 94 points: Opened and decanted for 2 hours, this clearly young wine was still open and delicious. pure kirsch in the mid palate, spice in the nose and both evolved with drinking. Fruit still paramount, a little heat but integrated well with a good finish. Worried I only have 3 left. Not suprising a great match for leg of lamb provencal. (2630 views)
 Tasted by JayPKay on 4/2/2013 & rated 90 points: Still a bit tight. Tremendous depth and length. Classic cedarbox and leather and saddlesoap notes. (2471 views)
 Tasted by lumpyelbow on 3/24/2013: Lcbo paid tasting: sweet and a putty like off putting nose. not my style (2428 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 2/24/2013 & rated 96 points: Explosive of ripe black cherries, almost sweet candy nose... taste of black forst fruit, wild strawberries, Chateauneuf liquor, loads of very silky tannins, finish of almost 30 seconds...magnifique wine!! (2399 views)
 Tasted by beezer6 on 4/16/2012 & rated 91 points: Tenzing Portfolio Tasting (Tenzing - Chicago, IL): Spicy, fruity nose. Not too much funk or earth here. Little bit one note in fact. Wanted more in the nose. Bigger palate. Lower acidity. Bit disjointed. (2586 views)
 Tasted by beatles on 9/6/2011 & rated 93 points: Way to young, of course, but it works when Denmark is trashing Norway. Big wine. Sweet kirsch, initially quite alcoholic, sweet tannins, the alcohol does wear of a bit, and balance is found, when loads of black fruits appears .... nice, and typical of 2009. (2648 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 6/4/2011 & rated 93 points: Recent Rhone (and Provence) Releases, mainly 2009s (Artisan Wine Depot, Mountain View, California): Medium ruby color with pale meniscus; wild berry, black raspberry, mineral, stony nose; tasty, rich, complex, wild berry, black raspberry, mineral, stones, garrique palate; long finish 93+ points (85% Grenache, 15% Syrah) (2803 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 3/2/2011 & rated 94 points: Same nose as the CDR Quartz 2009, with abit more extraction and concentration... beautifull wine! (2977 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2012, IWC Issue #160
(Le Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #9 (9/25/2011)
(Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz) Login and sign up and see review text.   95 points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, March/April 2011, IWC Issue #155
(Le Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/19/2010)
(Clos du Caillou, Les Quartz Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, A focus on Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Issue #5 (8/31/2010)
(Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz) Login and sign up and see review text.   93-95 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/4/2011)
(Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz) Medium ruby color with pale meniscus; wild berry, black raspberry, mineral, stony nose; tasty, rich, complex, wild berry, black raspberry, mineral, stones, garrique palate; long finish 93+ points (85% Grenache, 15% Syrah)  93 points
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Le Clos du Caillou

Producer website - Read more about Le Clos du Caillou

Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.


A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Southern Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley

RP APPRAISAL OF SOUTHERN RHONE VINTAGES:
WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E

### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.


### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”

### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."

### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!

(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
Rhône Valley
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.

By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
Jan/Feb 2013
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"

By vitabella.fr
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"

By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Southern Rhone
Vintage: 2011
Score: 89-92
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation - Read more about Chateauneuf du Pape

Another site on this appellation
Vineyards on weinlagen-info

"As I have written many times in the past, the sweet spot for drinking Châteauneuf du Papes is usually the first 5-6 years after the vintage. Then they seem to go through an adolescent, awkward, and sometimes dormant stage, only to re-emerge around year 10-12, where the majority of wines are often fully mature. The best of them will continue to hold on to life (but rarely improving) beyond 15-20 years. It is only the exceptional Châteauneuf du Papes that will evolve for 20-25+ years, and those are indeed a rarity. However, things may be improving dramatically in terms of the longevity of Châteauneuf du Pape, although Grenache-dominated wines, the vast majority of wines produced in the appellation, are wines that do not have the polyphenol (extract and tannin) content of top Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, or Syrah-based wines. Nevertheless, the younger generation in Châteauneuf du Pape has taken seriously the farming in the vineyards. There are more organic and biodynamically run vineyards here than in any other appellation of France. The yields, which were already low, are even lower today (20-35 hectoliters per hectare), and of course, the proliferation of top luxury and/or old-vine cuvées gives a significant boost to the number of wines that will evolve past 25 or 30 years. The advantage of these wines is their broad window of drinkability." ( Robert Parker )

 
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