2017 Clos du Caillou 'La Reserve' Chateauneuf du Pape

$174.95
WA98-100JD94-96+

Another vintage another perfect or near-perfect score. 
"Le Clos du Caillou's 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve continues this bottling's winning ways, making three straight vintages in which I've rated it at least 97 points. Sourced from old-vine Grenache and Mourvèdre in the lieux-dits of La Guigasse and Pignan, it's rich, creamy and plush, yet it seems effortless despite the concentration. Mocha and caramelized berries finish with great length and energy. I can't wait to see how it turns out from bottle." -WA 
Get your hands on this one before you have to wait until next year.

We came, we saw, we tasted. After an exhaustive week spent traversing the cellars of France, we thought that the tank was empty. So much glorious wine… we couldn’t possibly be impressed yet again, right? Then we fell silent during the tasting at Clos du Caillou and later agreed that, overall, it was probably the most impressive lineup in a trip full of impressive lineups. Caillou sits in a legendary neighborhood in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, their ancient vineyards (many are 70-100 years old) struggling through sand and rock alongside neighbors like Rayas and Beaucastel. Their winemaking philosophy is to meld the natural advantage of old-vine plant material with clean, modern winemaking. When every single offering they presented left us grasping for superlatives, it’s clear they took every bit of the lauded 2010 vintage and focused it into liquid treasures.

Varietal:
Red Blend
Winemaker:
Bruno Gaspard
Vintage:
2017
Aging:
14 Months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 50% new
Appellation:
Rhone Valley
Sub-Appellation:
Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Total Varietal Composition %:
55% Grenache, 45% Mourvèdre
SKU #:
1039136
WA98-100

Wine Advocate

Le Clos du Caillou's 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve continues this bottling's winning ways, making three straight vintages in which I've rated it at least 97 points. Sourced from old-vine Grenache and Mourvèdre in the lieux-dits of La Guigasse and Pignan, it's rich, creamy and plush, yet it seems effortless despite the concentration. Mocha and caramelized berries finish with great length and energy. I can't wait to see how it turns out from bottle.

JD94-96+

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve checks in as a blend 55% Grenache and 45% Mourvèdre, which is the first time the Mourvèdre has hit this high a level. As always, it’s brought up in demi-muids and has a lighter ruby color as well as a beautiful perfume of black raspberries, crushed flowers, spices, and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, silky and elegant, with fine tannin, it should put on weight with time in bottle and will need short-term cellaring due to the high Mourvèdre component.