The vintage 2018 will be remembered by the winemakers of Chateauneuf- du-Pape for years. After an abundant budding, the vintage seemed to be generous. But it was underestimating Spring, which turned out to be extremely rainy, with more than 300 mm of precipitation in April and May. Without any help of the Mistral, the atmosphere was hot and wet, offering perfect conditions for Mildew development. “Never seen such a Spring” told us our Elders. This season required an investment of every moment for our team, especially for our vineyard, grown organically. Luckily, the summer was hot and dry, providing favourable conditions for producing and harvest grapes of excellent quality at full maturity. Marked by low yields (17 to 20 hl/ha), our 2018 wines have a beautiful elegance, delicate tannins and an outstanding balance. A seductive vintage, under low allocation.
With all their experience, winemakers Sylvie Vacheron and Bruno Gaspard with the help of the new generation, have tasted, compared, analysed a lot of different wines with their winemaker friends, with whom they decided to collaborate.
The cuvee Le Caillou Côtes-du-Rhône red 2018 is the result, for the second year, from these exchanges and gives birth today to high qualitative wines, still in the research of Cuvées with the typicality of our terroirs.
VINES AVERAGE AGE : More than 60 years old
BLEND: 85% Grenache 15% Others
SOILS CHARACTERISTICS : Sandy soils.
Hand-picking with sorting in the vineyard and then in cellar.
De-stemming and vinification in cement and stainless steel tanks with wild yeasts.
Pump-over and delestages are made during all the grapes maceration .
AGEING : In concrete tanks for 2 months.
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES :
This wine has a pretty deep coloured on Purple colour with Ruby reflections. We discovered a delicate nose of red fruits, blackberry, gooseberry, Pyrenees cherry. The mouth is unctuous, dynamic with nice tannins accompanied by aromas of cherries and blackcurrant jam. Nice freshness
FOOD AND WINES PAIRING :
Sausage roasted – Stuffed eggplants – Seasoned ham terrine.
In the early 20th century, Châteauneuf-du-Pape was plagued by wine fraud; various rules for the production of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, drawn up and promulgated in 1923, were the first Appellation Contrôlée rules in France, and provided the prototype for subsequent AOC rules. The original AOC rules allowed ten varieties, and were amended to thirteen in 1936, and eighteen in 2009.Baron Pierre le Roy of Château Fortia was the principal architect of these regulations, which set the minimum alcohol level of the wines and set limits on yields as well as which types of grapes could be grown in which area.Another one of the Baron’s requirements was that no vineyards could be planted on land that wasn’t arid enough to support plantings of both lavender and thyme.
The experts who wanted to put Le Clos du Caillou area into the delimitation arrived at the domain and were welcomed with a gun! Then, they decided to not put Le Clos du Caillou in the area of Châteauneuf du Pape. That is why, Le Clos du Caillou produce Côtes du Rhône inside the area of Chateauneuf du Pape…