What can you even say about a wine like this? You see Loire Valley Cabernet Franc and you get an idea of what’s coming. But this is a little different and it definitely ain’t for everyone. Right out of the gate, noting but straight up funk. I often say that I like my wines a bit funky but good gracious, this baby exceeds that. Moist earth, green peppers, sweaty undergarments, olive tapenade, and smoke on the absolutely insane nose. It’s so beautiful. In the mouth, slightly bitter fruit immediately reinforces the nose. Really nice cherry streak throughout the mid palate. As expected, this is medium bodied and dry. Elegant, it ain’t. It’s just not that kind of wine. She chose the dirty funk life a long time ago and is going to ride it out. Newports, smoked meat, black pepper, and herbs on the palate.
This is a terrific wine, one of the best representations of the varietal that I’ve ever had. And most people are going to hate it. It’s just too much for them. But you and I are different, aren’t we? Nothing fancy here. Nothing too deep. This is simple, stunning, dirty, and pure beauty in a bottle. — 5 months ago
This is an insiders wine. You have study, focus and taste a lot wine to know how special this wine can drink. Especially, at its QPR.
There are a lot of people that covet SQN, Caycuse, Horsepower and No Girls. For my palate, these wines either burn the palate with ABV or choke off the fruit with way too much bacon fat and or deeply marinaded grilled meats. Yes, you are drinking expensive, flashy producers but, I would humbly disagree they are better wines than this 2011 Le Clos Du Caillou Vielles Vignes Cuvée Unique. Those other wines should aspire to be everything this 2011 shows and delivers.
This Le Clos Du Caillou has the balance the above wines lack and at a fraction of the price point. I would drink this 2011 over any of the other fore mentioned wines. While this Le Clos Du Caillou is a shade hot, it is not nearly as hot as SQN etc.. Hot ABV alcohol that burns the palate & back of the throat will forever be a fatal flaw in a wine.
The nose reveals, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, blue & purple fruit mix, poached & back strawberries, black raspberries and both plums. Dark, sweet tarriness, dry, crushed rocks, steeped teas, anise stretching to black licorice, hint of dry herbs with bay leaf leading the way, dry brush, black, dry earth, savory, grilled meats, medium, dark spice, understated baking spices; clove, nutmeg, vanilla and a touch of clove, dark & mid red fruit cola, just a whiff of incense with candied, fresh and withering red & dark florals.
The body is rich and mid full. Tannins just 50% resolved with round, dark tarry teethiness. The structure, tension, length and balance are harmonious...just before their peak. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, blue & purple fruit mix, raspberries that haut the center palate on the long set, poached & back strawberries, black raspberries and both plums. Dark, sweet tarriness, dry, crushed rocks, limestone minerals, steeped teas, anise stretching to black licorice, hint of dry herbs with bay leaf leading the way, dry brush, dry black earth, dry stone wrapped in moist clay, savory, grilled meats, some bacon fat, medium, dark spice, understated baking spices; clove, nutmeg, vanilla and a touch of clove, Mix of caramel & mocha powder, dark & mid red fruit cola, just a whiff of incense with candied, fresh and withering red & dark florals. The acidity is phenomenal. The long, ripe, well balanced & textured, elegant finish is memorable and is persistent for several minutes.
Wine paired perfectly with our marinated Tri-tip.
If you are over paying for the above lesser wines mentioned above, you owe it to yourself to seek out and cellar this wine appropriately.
Photos of; Le Clos Du. Caillou, their barrel room, Owners-Sylvie Vacheron & Bruno Gaspard and one of their vineyards. It’s amazing they can grow anything in that stone soil structure.
— a year ago
Suzuki (Happy Valley) - June 13, 2020 — 6 months ago
Beautiful wine here. The nose demonstrates concentrated bleeding blueberry fruit accompanied by black olive brine, pencil lead, potpourri, cracked black peppercorns, and crushed rock. There’s a slight smokiness and meatiness underneath those fresh notes. The palate is centralized and the tannins are so chewy you end up eating this. Balanced acidity leads the finish into sophistication. Super delicious and a great tribute to Hermitage Northern Rhône Syrahs. — 7 months ago
Excellent aroma mainly with strawberry, then forest like, change a lot. Fresh, tropical fruits with reddish flavor. complexity. With spiciness. Tannic. Good potential more than 2015. It should be tasted by bigger glass, completely different. Small makes freshness focused. Bigger makes me enjoy complexity. 2016 @1200/G, 8800, T-Enoteca, 200813. — 4 months ago
Strawberry, lime, peach. Absolutely delicious - enjoyed on a gorgeous day on our roof deck! — 6 months ago
Recommended by bar tender at Tria Rittenhouse — 10 months ago
Smoky cherry deliciousness — 3 years ago