Le Clos du Caillou
Company: E.A.R.L Pouizin - Vacheron
Clos du Caillou, Chemin Saint-Dominique 84350 Courthezon
Tel. +33 490 707 305
Direct sale: Monday - Friday 9.00-12.00 and 13.30-17.30. Saturday 9.00-12.00.
1895 the famous engineer Elie Dussaud (1821-1899) bought Le Clos. At that time
the place was covered by wood. The
purpose of the acquisition was to use the area as a hunting lodge. Before
his death four years after the purchase Dussaud built a cellar for wine
making, which still serves as ageing cellar for the current domain. He
also built the mansion which later on rebuilt and extended today serves as the
residence of the Vacheron family
Dussaud also built Clos Val Seille, the beautiful castle which serves as the
mayor's office today, and if extensions today serve as cellars of Domaine Clos
Val Seilles. He also owned Chateau de Beaucastel in 1865 when phylloxera paralyzed the wine
production all over France.
it was time to determine the limits of the new appellation of Chateauneuf du
Pape the owner did not want to hear of such things. As
the geological experts arrived at the scene to investigate soil conditions, they
were met by a shotgun with a strong call to keep away from the domain and
therefore only 9 ha of the domain's vineyards became a part of the appellation.
start of the domain's path from a wooded hunting idyll to a domain recognized as
one of the best domains in the appellation, began when the current owner's
father Claude Pouizin acquired the property in 1955. He started clearing the
forest away and to plant
vines instead. Most
of the domain's vineyards are planted between 1955 and 1978. Winemaking and
storage took place in the ancient cellars of the late 1890s. Sales
of wines happened in the tank to negociants, but eventually became a larger part
bottled and sold from the domain. In 1980 the first export order were shipped. In 1993 the
last delivery to a
negociant took place. The sale of wines was devellopped by Claude's wife
1995 - after 40 years of hard work to build a
domain - Claude Pouizin wanted
to retire. It
was only Sylvie, the youngest of his three daughters, who were interested in
taking over the
was married the son of a wine grower in Sancerre, Jean-Denis Vacheron.
In 1996 the couple moved with their two children, the 2-year-old daughter
Marilou and the newborn son Axel to Clos du Caillou and took over the domain.
The change of
generation meant that the
property's wines got a
huge quality boost.
The wine writers especially in
America praised Vacheron's
effort, and exports to
America increased tremendously.
In March 2002 died Jean-Denis
Vacheron tragically in
a car accident and Sylvie
was left alone to take
The oenologist Philippe Cambie
began already in 2001 as an advisor of Jean-Denis Vacheron.
Another lucky alliance
was the hiring of the winemaker
at Chateau du Trignon Bruno
Gaspard, who has
been responsible for winemaking since
Both Sylvie's children
have undergone training well suited
to work at the domain which tey both do today. Axel has a BTS
Viticulture Oenologi from Lycée
Frédéric Bazille Agropolis in
Montpellier, and Marilou
an education from IESEG School
of Management in Lille.
Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition
2012: 100% Grenache. Aged in foudres for 17 months.
2015: 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre
and 5% Syrah.
Aged in foudres for 14 months.
Chateauneuf du Pape Les Safres
2015: 95% Grenache andt 5% Mourvedre, Vaccarese, Cinsault.
Safres means hard sandy soil. Grenache is from sandy soil at Lieu-dit Les
Bédines, planted between 1954 and 1972. Aged in 8-10-years-old foudres for
Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz
2015: 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah.
As the name indicates this cuvée is from vines growing on fields with
the big round stones - at lieu-dit Les Cassanets. The vines are
Syrah from Lieu-dit Les Bédines, planted in 1979.
The fermentation takes place in wooden tanks and ageing of Grenache in
foudres when Syrah
is aged in 2-3-years-old pièces for 14 months.
Chateauneuf du Pape La Réserve
2015: 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre. From Guigasse and Pignan.
Maceration in truncated wooden wats. Aged for 14 months 1-3-years-old
Chateauneuf du Pape Les Safres Blanc
2016: 40% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc and 30%
Clairette from lieux-dits Les
Bédines and Pignan. Fermentation and ageing in pièces for 4 months.
Cotes du Rhone Le Caillou
2016: 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah, Mourvedre og Counoise.
The mainpart of the parcels are with sandy soil, planted in the 1950ties
Cotes du Rhone Le Bouquet des Garrigues
2015: 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah og 5% Carignan, Mourvedre og Cinsault.
80% of the vines are more than 50 years old. This cuvée counts for a big
part of the production and is from vines at Lieu dit Codoulet
Aged in foudres for 14 months.
Cotes du Rhone Nature
2016: 40% Counoise, 55% Syrah og 5% Grenache. No sulfats added.
Cotes du Rhone Les Quartz
2015: 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah. This
cuvée is made from the oldest vines at the domain - more than
60 years. The soil is semilar to the
soil for Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz. Fermentation/maceration for about
30 days. Aged in wooden tanks, foudres or demi-muids for 14 months.
Cotes du Rhone La Réserve
2015: 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvedre.
35 days of maceration. Aged in demi-muids for 14 months.
Cotes du Rhone Rosé
2016: 85% Counoise and 15% Mourvedre. Direct press.
Cotes du Rhone Blanc
2016: 40% Grenache Blanc, planted in 1951, 30% Clairette Rose and 30%
Cotes du Rhone Blanc Le Bouquet des Garrigues
2016: 40% Grenache Blanc, 35% Clairette Rose and 25% Viognier.
Cotes du Rhone Blanc La Réserve
2016: 95% Clairette Rose and 5% Grenache Blanc
Vinification in demi-muids (50%) or
in steel tank.
An apartement is for rent at the