Les Cailloux (reds) 2014
A Châteauneuf-du-Pape allying the powerful terroir to the characteristic finesse and elegance of the Domaine wines.
This cuvee gets its name from the countless round pebbles present in the vineyards as well being at the origin of the Domaine’s name.
The vineyard is composed of multiple plots, with each having its own characteristics which give this wine its incredible complexity: Bois de la Ville and Les Serres have a deficient and filtering gravel bed making for perfect draining of water to obtain a very concentrated juice. Farguerol and Cansaud have red and blue clays which boast an extremely rich aromatic property. Finally Cabrières and Revès whose chalky-like limestone brings the overall structure and long finish to the whole.
Bouquet: dominant aromas of red fruits enhanced by a woody touch from the barrel-contained Syrah grapes.
A great taste of red fruits, leather and undergrowth. The tannins are harmonious and elegant. Long finish in the mouth allowing for even more complex aromas of undergrowth, leather ... the wine allies strength and elegance, complexity of secondary aromas while keeping a fruity freshness.
Red Meat - Game.
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VinificationConcrete vat, destemming at 70% for the Grenache, and total destemming for the other grape varieties, racking and return for 5 weeks.
MaturingAgeing for 18 months in barrels, from 1 to 2 years for the Syrah, ageing in concrete vats for 18 months for the other varieties. Final blending 6 months before bottling.
When to drinkThese wines may be enjoyed when young to fully appreciate the fresh red fruits brought by the Grenache. But their ageing potential will fully reveal itself after a minimum of 5 years and their peak at around 10 years.
BlendingGrenache (70%), mourvèdre (17%), syrah (10%), cinsault (3%).
Average age of the vines60 years
Yield30 hl / h
Type of harvestExclusively manual
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