Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Le Clos du Caillou 2017 BIO
60% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre. The subsoil for the reserve is pure sand, it is the direct neighbor of Rayas, Janasse and Tardieu. So the finest underground. The greatest finesse in Chateauneuf du Pape. Very old vines. Naturally biodynamic like everything here. In 2016, in favor of a better fermentation process, completely debracked. Fermented spontaneously in the wood and then aged for 18 months in 600 liter tonneaus, without batonnage. There is also an amphora that goes into the final blend. Filling without fining and filtration. In normal years I find the quartz always more exciting than the reserve. The reserve is often too rich, despite the sandy soil due to the Mourvedre, too spicy and strong, despite the fine soil. But 2016 is different. 2016 is THE year in Chateauneuf if you love this delicacy and balance. God, what's the nose nice. The Mourvedre with its earthy flavor plays a role, but this is also very fine. Fine ripe plum, a little mulberry. But nothing blue in fruit. Nothing loud. The whole thing is combined with the very ripe, dark raspberry of the Grenache. Not a strawberry. It's almost an intense Cabernet Franc nose from the Loire. So fine, so calm, so arrived and conclusive. The style of the vintage here in Chateauneuf is clearly like 1990. Bruno repeated the words of Michele Tardieu. That means ultra fine. The wine is also becoming ever finer, more delicate, more refined in its expansion. Highly aromatic, but so calm. I think that's the key to the vintage. But he was already in Bordeaux and in Germany. Everything fits, is delicious, delicious and delicate. An ode to joy. The harmony is just terrific. This is not stuff to kneel down on, but just dreamlike Chateauneuf du Pape.