This is a wonderful wine to own for a few big reasons. We’ll tell you why:
Clos du Caillou was founded in the 1950’s. The vines for the flagship La Reserve wine are 70+ years of age.
The 2012 vintage is quite good. To release the wines required time to enter drinkability. This La Reserve bottling is entering that zone now.
This is a recent buy. It doesn’t seem to matter how great a wine is, when the next vintage comes it’s a shiny object that diverts attention from the previous releases as they mature.
So … we get a better price and pass that along to you.
The 2012’s are a bit less ripe and grippy than warmer years. These types of vintages are so lucrative: the drinking window opens sooner and the wines are not ‘too’ anything: too sweet, too tannic, too seemingly alcoholic.
So - between the lines - are we saying the 12 vintage is not collectible?
Absolutely not. The proof is not in the press (although the reviews are through the roof). The wine is gorgeous and can hold for years, but it’s spot on RIGHT NOW. You get the white pepper, the rich, unctuous black fruit, anise and smoked meats on the nose without the overly weighty framework. The critics agree...
95 | The Wine Advocate, JD The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Reserve le Clos du Caillou is a classic example of this cuvee…offers ample dark fruits, chocolate, bouquet garni and licorice in its full-bodied, supple, forward and elegantly styled profile. As with all of the 2012s here, the tannin is wonderfully ripe, the wine has solid concentration and everything is perfectly balanced. While it’s hard to resist already, it will be better with short-term cellaring and have 15+ years of overall longevity. (Oct 2014)
95 | Vinous, JR One of my favorite wines of the vintage and almost shockingly approachable now. (April 2015)