2001 Clos du Caillou Cotes du Rhone "Bouquet des Garrigues"
Cotes du Rhone, France
 
WB Rating: 88

 
Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Price at time of purchase: $13.99 (Premier Cru)
 
Type: Rhone
Principal varietal(s): Southern Rhone blend

From one of the top Rhone producers, this could be put into a blind tasting of Chateauneuf du Papes. It is by no means a simple, smiley-faced Cotes du Rhone, but rather a big, alcoholic, muscular, mouth-coating red that'll handle the barbecued beef with one hand tied behind its back. Lots of peppery currant-like fruit, but also has that leathery don't-mess-with-me backbone that distinguish good Chateauneuf du Papes. Will probably be even better in another year or two. - HK 2005-02-20

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