The much applauded Clos Du Caillou produces classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines that get better and better every year. The domaine is situated on the edge of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is unique in that, in 1936, the owner (of what was then a hunting retreat) refused to allow the experts who were drawing up the boundaries of the appellation to visit his domaine. Thus it was not included in the delimited area and remains to this day an enclave within the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. The domaine practices biodynamic farming techniques, was certified “Agriculture Biologique” in 2010 and “Vin Biologique” in 2012.
The energetic winemaker Bruno Gaspard is a man who takes a seriously hands-on approach. Come the harvest, he prefers to choose when to pick based purely on tasting the grapes himself. This emphasis on flavour leads to wines of great concentration, lifted by the trademark elegance of this great domaine. The style of this domaine is for full-bodied wines with rich red fruit flavours, velvety texture and fine tannins.
The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Les Safres is made up of 40% Roussanne, 30% Grenache blanc, 30% Clairette and the wine has great tension with aromas of nectarines, rhubarb and citron. The Côtes du Rhône Bouquet des Garrigues comes from vines grown on 30 hectares of pebbly soil (the Garrigues) within the Clos. This wine is a fantastic, rich wine, with sweet red fruit, liquorice and a silky texture. It is a Châteauneuf-du-Pape in all but name, and is fantastic value for money. The Côtes du Rhône Nature is made up of 50% each of Syrah and Carignan and is a fresh and perfumed wine. As you move up the range, the quality gets better and more complex. The Quartz (usually 85% Grenache with 15% Syrah) and Réserve (normally a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre) wines are only made in the best years, using the best fruit from the oldest vines on the stony terroir.