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from 2017 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Cinsault (when it was purely a domaine wine, this was 80-98% Grenache (1950-51), 0-10% Syrah, 0-5% Mourvèdre, 0-10% Counoise/diverse varieties), mainly from sandy, compacted safre soils on Les Bédines (N-E), plus Guigasse (N-E), part destemmed, 4 week concrete vat vinification, daily pumping overs, cap punching, aged 60% large barrel & 40% 3-4 year old 600-litre oak casks 15 months, can be 18 months, filtered, organic wine, called Domaine du Caillou Tradition until 2010, from 2017 called Le Caillou, is 45-50% own wine, 50-55% purchased wine from 2-3 vignerons near village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the two sources assembled at start of raising, 12-20,000 b

2018 ()

(large barrel/cask, bottling Apr 2020) steady red robe; the nose carries an intensity in its plum fruits, a sweet and secure depth, hints at reduction, can open much more. The palate is a bundle of mixed berry fruits with keen tannins swiftly on the scene. There is a firm close, as if the Mourvèdre has made its statement there. There is slight pepper, vegetal on the aftertaste. It’s pretty genuine, doesn’t have real high points, will drink comfortably. Allow until 2022 to emerge further. 14.2°. 65% Gren, 15% Syr, 10% Mourv, 10% Cins. 12,000 b. 2037-39 Oct 2019


medium depth red robe. The nose has a husky nature, meat stock, is rather “cloudy”, in on itself. The palate bears “high” red fruits, needs to breathe, with plums central to it. It’s rugged, unmade as yet. There is weight into the finish, where gummy tannins rule. It’s a little dry on the aftertaste. Leave until 2022, demands time. 14.5°. 70% Gren, 15% Syr, 15% Mourv. 2037-39 Oct 2019 Previously Oct 2018 ***(*) (large barrel/casks) dark red. The bouquet has a creamy intensity, cherry fruit liqueur nature, a touch of grilling. It’s a touch top heavy. The palate presents a sipping gently wine, one that develops kick and strength as it travels, the finish on a clamped, grounded power. Its lack of easy drinking sets it back, even though it reflects the vintage pretty faithfully. 15°. From mid-2021. 2038-40 Oct 2018


bright, dark red robe. The bouquet is grilled, savoury, has plenty of depth, more to come. It’s musky, with its red fruits stewed in nature. It’s a weighty opening. The palate has thorough layers of plum fruits, bears ripe, nourishing tannins that add extra interest towards the finish. This has the abundance of 2016, and some of its vivacity, is a good, genuine do. The tannins need another three years to refine. Decant it. 14.5°. From 2023. 2041-43 Oct 2019 Previously Oct 2017 **** (barrel/casks) dark red robe, with a sheen. The bouquet is nicely full, leads on red cherry fruit, cooked plums, has a winning juvenile ping of purity, shows grilling also. The palate runs with stylish content, has a good swing in its step, produces live, shapely tannins towards the close.  The flavour resembles red cherries near the stone, indicative of some kirsch, high degree matter. This is well grounded, represents the sandy soils via its firm, compressed feel – for now. 95% Gren, 2& Syr, 2% Mourv, 1% Cins. From mid-2020. 2036-39 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(barrel/casks) good sheen in the dark red robe. Blackberry with a note of chocolate shows on the nose, which has inner sweetness. It’s rather weighty. The palate holds soaked red fruits, is a trifle ponderous, carries similar weight to the nose. We aren’t into liqueur territory here, but not far off it. It lacks a little lift, has a flattering style. The finish is rounded, steady. From mid-2018. 2033-35 Sept 2016

2014 ()

(barrel/casks) fair red robe. Has an authentic bouquet that involves mixed herbes de Provence, bouquet garni and pumice stone cut with its red berry, raspberry lead fruit. The palate delivers a spiced, tight run of red fruit, with insistent tannins taking over after half way. The attack is tasty, the finish is clear. 14.5°. 95% Gren, 2.5% Syr, 2.5% Mourv. From mid-2017. 2027-29  Oct 2015 


(barrel) mild red colour. Spiced, smoked air backed by black and red berries of medium+ depth. The bouquet is pretty calm and collected, and can emerge in good style. The palate starts on cool red fruit, backed by lithe, crisp tannins that stand a little out on their own at the end. This is a grippy Châteauneuf, a bit stiff. It can gain weight over time, and can live thanks to its acidity. From 2017. 2031-33  £193 12b i/b H2Vin www.h2vin.co.uk orders@h2vin.co.uk Nov 2014 Previously Oct 2014 *** (barrel) medium red. Elegant, raspberry, red fruit fragrance on the nose, which gives a Grenache fruit impact. The palate appears light and a little fluid ; it has a tiny tannic frame behind. Neat and compact wine with a turn of finesse. Drink on the fruit. From 2016. 85% Gren, 10% Mourv, 5% Syr, 16,000 b. 2024-25 JL Oct 2014

2012 ()

(barrel, bottling March 2014) medium red; bonny, attractive appeal in a nicely curvy bouquet, has a real heart of jam fruit and the allure of rose-hip scent. The palate has a quietly firm centre with crisp tannins that aid its energy. It straightens out well, is a little nuggety at the end. From late 2015, thus. 15.5°. £185 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk 13,5000 b this year, low. 98% Gren, 2% Mourvèdre. 2025-27  Nov 2013

2011 ()

dark red, some shine. Has a wide, ample black berry liqueur air accompanied by barbecue smoke, licorice – it is sweet, weighty. The palate holds sweet, fat black stone fruits with ingested tannins that are round and gummy. Not far off fruit bomb status. A fat Châteauneuf-du-Pape – you can only drink a little of this at one sitting. The finale is suave. I find it gussied up, not a natural vineyard wine. From mid-2014. 2027-29  Dec 2012

2010 ()

quite dark looking; black raisin, salty tang air with a supple back note, a couch of comfort, soft blackberry jam, prune at its heart. The palate has a sweet, measured nature, with its tannins hopping on board after half way, bringing bite to the wine. It ends on the clink-clack of tar. No big fireworks here, but it is genuine, a good local, unfussy wine. The salt tar of the tannins needs two years or so to integrate. From 2014. 2030-33 Dec 2011


(barrel) attractive red; there is a “whisper” of red fruit on the nose, simmered raspberry. It continues nicely, will be good and local around 2013. The palate leads with red fruit, comes with a minor level of richness, a squeeze of flavour. Restrained Grenache, a wine with an STGT leaning, traditional virtues, unpretentious. Good length, and breadth as well towards the finish. I like its gain in gras or richness at the end – toffee, date flavours mingle there, sweet red cherry also. Completes its palate better than many 2008s. 2018-20 Dec 2009

2004 ()

bright, cherry red colour; straight, direct, fresh bouquet of red fruits, but lacks a comfortable depth. The palate red fruits are on the lean side – drinkable early, but the acidity is still prominent. The fruit is clear, the body less apparent. Drink esp 2007 on. 2016-19 Oct 2006

2003 ()

three-quarter depth red; jam, red fruit pastilles aroma with surrounds of garrigue and herbs – an authentic bouquet. This is savoury, gourmand, succulent wine. Spice enters towards the finish, and a nuttiness from some oak. It is well directed, with the tannins well absorbed now. The finish shows baked fruits. On the palate, it isn’t an evident Châteauneuf in style. “I find the 2003s taste better and better, and we have lost the dry textures at the end of the palate,” Sylvie Vacheron. 2020-23  Nov 2006 Previously Sept 2005 ** mild red colour, very Grenache. Baked plum tart aroma, ample overall, cherry tinge, too. Full, forced and baked red fruits palate - does most of its work at the start, the tapers and is rather vacant towards the finish. I`d like more grass roots here, the local vineyard more than the cellar. Baked effect predominates. A wine that tried to get there through power. 2018-20 September 2005, London

1996 ()

quite a full red colour. The aroma reflects cherry fruit, high tone-varnish, has a dry, burnt aspect, smoked wood. The palate is taut, the black berry fruit dry-toned; it lacks genuine fruit, and ends vacantly, on a note of spirit. After 30 minutes open, it becomes more fungal, and a little less spirity. I get the sense it has been overworked in the cellar. March 2005 Previously Feb 2000 (*) red robe, purple edges. There’s a kirsch aspect, spirit on the nose, a top edge of alcohol; it’s rather a hard bouquet. The palate is also mean and spirity, taut; it ends with black fruit, a slightly burnt angle, a note of violets. There is immense burning at the finish. Quality is stripped away by its burning alcohol. Not for me. Feb 2000

1995 ()

fair colour; the nose is rather confected, on jam airs, a bit sweet – maybe maceration carbonique here. The palate has an easy, rather nondescript sweet jam flavour, has no real grip of breeding, lacks effort. Early, easy wine upstaged by other neighbouring appellations. From 1998. 2006-08  Oct 1996

1994 ()

fair colour; rather warm, potentially accessible nose, is rounded and shows mild garden red fruits. The palate fruit is simple enough, is fleshy on the attack, has sweetness inside it. Not a wine of great complexity, with its sweetness quite marked. Not long on local definition. Drink earlier than most 1994s. 2004-06 Oct 1996