2015 Les Cailloux Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Centenaire 96WS/95JD

An exceptional fine cuvée with an incomparably long finish and only produced during great vintages. Terroir To celebrate the 100 years of planting (in 1989) the most beautiful plot in the Domaine, located in the eponymous sector of Farguerol, Lucien and André decided to create a special cuvée issued specifically from this plot which became the Cuvée Centenaire.
2015 Cuvee Centenaire Les Cailloux
Andre Brunel
Chateauneuf Du Pape

Southern Rhone, France

$189 net

USA Low is $204.99

The soil and subsoil don’t have much limestone but there is a lot of clay on both the surface and deep in the ground. This blue and compact clay gives the wine its distinct organoleptic properties. Its exposure gives the vines perfect sunshine and the often-blowing violent Mistral contributes to the concentration of sugar and aromas which are used to make this cuvée.

The Cuvée Centenaire is only produced during exceptional vintages, when it can fully express the quintessence of the Grenache. Unlike many luxury cuvées, Les Cailloux's 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire is not simply an example of taking the best fruit from the estate and throwing new oak at it. It is from the estate's oldest Grenache vines, with a small dose of Syrah added for complexity and aging potential, but it's not forced or over-extracted in any way, showing beautiful notes of cherries, stone fruit and a touch of stem inclusion. It's full-bodied and creamy, but with a fresh, silky finish that echoes with cranberries. Although a powerful wine, it's more about elegance than sheer brawn.

Wine Spectator 96 points - Ripe and very solid, with a core of warm fig, fruitcake, mulled plum and roasted alder notes rolled together, carried by a lively mineral streak and backed by sanguine, bergamot and savory flashes on the finish. This has lots of character, showing excellent range and cut through the finish.

Jeb Dunnuck 95 points - The flagship 2015 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Centenaire comes from very old Grenache vines (planted in 1889) located in the northern part of the appellation. It includes a touch of younger vine Mourvedre and Syrah and is brought up mostly in tank. It offers more black fruits, smoked earth, licorice and meaty, beefy notes to go with a full-bodied, concentrated, layered style on the palate. Possessing terrific complexity, a layered, multidimensional texture, ripe tannin and a great finish.
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