Le Clos du Caillou

Le Bouquet des Garrigues

Côtes du Rhône
Rhône Valley
Say It
Luh KLO dew Ka-YOO Luh Boo-KAY deh Ga-REEK
Clairette Blend
Flavors & Quality
Pear Pear
Honeysuckle Honeysuckle
Mineral Mineral
Organic Organic
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Palate Character

Balance & Finesse 2 Rich & Full 1 Light & Bright 2 Smooth & Silky 2 Round & Fleshy 2 Tone & Backbone 2 Powerful & Extracted 2 Bright & Crisp 2
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Tasting Notes
Full bodied with plus acidity that balances the viscosity of the wine, the Caillou Garrigues express up front pear fruit, with a slight citrus pithiness, then more subtle mandarin and mango notes, followed by more pronounced honeysuckle and mineral aromas and flavors that extend into the finish.
Pale Straw Yellow
Clairette, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Bourboulenc
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Why this wine made the cut…
Rhône wines must deftly straddle power and finesse - Caillou's Garrigues hits the mark
Clairette has a long history in Southern France and a reputation for producing fairly straightforward but crisp, sometimes mineral tinged white wines. It is actually best suited as a blending partner in the southern Rhône like Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc or Côtes du Rhône Blance, adding freshness and acidity.
Rousanne is a high quality, aromatic, white Rhone varietal often blended with Marsanne in Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, and St. Joseph. Rousanne is more aromatic than Marsanne, often with a refreshing floral, and slightly herbal perfume, and has higher acidity that provides it better ability to age gracefully.
Grenache Blanc
In warm areas, Grenache Blanc makes rich wines, and is often blended with more crisp varietals for balance. That said, it is at its best when grown at higher elevations, keeping the acid and sugar and balancing roundness with fresh acidity and minerality.
Viognier almost went extinct in the 1960s, but has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. Although grown around the word, it is most famous for the full bodied intensely aromatic floral white wines with a sometimes oily texture grown on granite terraces in Condrieu, and small amount to Syrah in Côte Rôtie, just north of Condrieu, adding aromatic complexity.
White wine grape varietal principally found in Southern France, often blended with other grape varietals adding good acidity, smoke, and/or citrus flavor components to the wine.
Country / State
Rhône Valley
Sub Region
Côtes du Rhône
Le Clos du Caillou
Bruno Gaspard
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Le Clos du Caillou

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, southern rhône

Clos du Caillou was founded in 1895 as a hunting preserve. It was not until 1955 that Paul Poizin purchased the estate and removed some of the woods to plant vineyards. It remains in the family and is run by his daughter Sylvie Vacheron. 

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The estate’s terroir is defined by various soils, including sand, stone with clay subsoils, and safre,  a more dense, compact sand that adds finesse and minerality. The vineyards are hand-plowed and biodynamically farmed. 

The wines of Clos du Caillou have a complex, perfumed nose of intense fruit, spice, and minerality that is followed by densely packed flavors and a long finish.