Much lighter than expected with only a hint of the last remaining tannins. Texturally reminiscent of 15 to 20 year old Napa Cabernet. Candied cherries, vanilla, cloves and anise. Unfortunately, for me the nose contained a strange note of rotten fruit (spoiled oranges). Opened for an hour and decanted for another. Time to drink up.
Game dinner with friends and 11 special wines.: In the bouquet red and dark berry fruits, garrigue and also the bacon and minerals from the syrah. On the palate still very much alive with a touch of sweetness, good garrigue, some licorice, beautiful acidity and soft tannin with still a lovely bite. Mature and still in a great condition. Really a beautiful wine with a good length. No hurry at all.
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(Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz) Slightly bricking dark red violet color; tar, black fruit, anise, charcoal, tobacco nose; tar, tart black fruit, oak, licorice palate with depth; long finish 93+ pts.
(Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz) Deep dark purple violet color; beet, borscht nose; concentrated, garrigue palate with big tannins, needs several years; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.
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