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Professional Ratings: 92 International Wine Cellar, 90 The Wine Advocate
Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Varietal: Rhone White Blends
Other Info: Boutique Wines
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 115462
The wine has a pretty yellow gold color. The nose is displays complex aromas of apples, peaches, combined with notes of vanilla and buttered toast. The palate is dense and creamy, with nice power, mingling aromas of oranges, candied pineapple, licorice and vanilla.
Pairs well with sweetbreads, bass fillet, and fresh salmon carpaccio.
(70% roussanne, with clairette and grenache blanc, raised in four- and five-year-old barriques): Bright yellow-gold. Ripe yellow plum and dried pear on the intensely perfumed nose, with complicating notes of flowers and herbs. Smooth and concentrated, offering sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and notes of chalk, anise and honey. The finish shows a refreshingly bitter note and lingers with impressive spiciness and tenacity.
Le Clos du Caillou's 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape blanc, also called Les Safres, is an intriguing blend of 70% Roussanne and the rest equal parts Clairette and Grenache Blanc. This 200-case blend is aged 70% in small barrels. An outstanding, powerful white (which does not reveal a lot of oak despite its barrel aging), it offers up honeyed pineapple, pear and waxy notes intermixed with hints of marmalade, apricots and nectarines. An impressive, full-throttle white Chateauneuf du Pape with minerality as well as good acidity, it can be enjoyed over the next several years.