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Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Les Quartz

Clos du Caillou
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750 mL
Wine Type
Red Still Wine
RegionRhone
Alcohol Level
Country
France
SubregionCôtes-du-Rhône
Drinking Window
GrapesShiraz/SyrahGrenache
Wine Description:
Les Quartz, the legendary Côtes du Rhône by Clos du Caillou, originally a Châteauneuf-du-Pape that eluded classification. It boasts an intense color and an intoxicating nose of black cherry, blackberry, honey, and licorice. Dense and polished, powerful and refined on the palate, it wraps dark fruits in a silk-like texture, redolent of Provence. A long, mineral finish adds to the allure. Sylvie Vacheron, alongside her partner Bruno Gaspard, has crafted exceptional wines at Domaine Le Clos du Caillou for nearly two decades. Transitioning to biodynamic farming has elevated the quality, securing the estate's place among France's finest. Read more
Pros:
  • Intense and complex aromas with notes of dark fruits, spices, and herbs
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Cons:
  • May require some aging to fully develop its potential
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User Rating:

4.0
Regularly Reviewed

Expert Rating:

4.5

Wine Expert Note:

Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Les Quartz is a remarkable wine with the unique terroir of the Rhône Valley. This wine is crafted with meticulous care and attention to detail, resulting in a truly exceptional expression of the region. On the nose, Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Les Quartz offers a captivating bouquet of ripe red fruits, such as cherries and raspberries, intertwined with subtle hints of spices and herbs. The aromas are vibrant and inviting, promising a complex and layered tasting experience. Upon tasting, this wine reveals its true character. The palate is rich and full-bodied, with velvety tannins that provide a smooth and elegant mouthfeel. Flavors of dark berries, plums, and blackcurrants dominate, accompanied by notes of black pepper and licorice. The wine's structure is well-balanced, with a harmonious integration of fruit, acidity, and oak. Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Les Quartz is a wine that can be enjoyed now, but also has the potential to age gracefully. Its depth and complexity will continue to evolve over time, revealing new layers of flavors and aromas. Read more
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The alcohol level in wine is a measure of the amount of alcohol present in the beverage. The degree of heat or ‘burn’ at the back of the throat is roughly proportional to the amount of alcohol consumed. It ranges from Very Low to Very High.
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Wine body refers to the weight and texture of wine on the palate. In other words, it is the degree of body a wine has, ranging from light-bodied to full-bodied. Wines with higher body appear to have a thicker texture and can sometimes coat the palate.
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Wine acidity refers to the tartness of a wine, which gives a tingling sensation on the side of the tongue. A metallic-like sharp taste is also associated with high acidity. Sometimes a high level of sweetness, such as in luscious dessert wines, can disguise a high level of acidity. Acidity can range from soft to searing.
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Wine tannin gives wine its textural mouthfeel and astringency. Tannin is a natural compound found in grape skins, seeds, and stems. It contributes to the structure and helps to balance out the sweetness of the fruit. Tannins are usually discussed when it comes to red wines, even though some white and rosé wines with certain wine making techniques can also contain tannins.
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