Le Clos du Caillou

Company: E.A.R.L Pouizin - Vacheron
Sylvie Vacheron 
Clos du Caillou, Chemin Saint-Dominique 84350 Courthezon
GPS: N 44' 05 04 03 - E 4' 51 27 07
Tel. +33 490 707 305
Direct sale: Monday - Friday 9.00-12.00 and 13.30-17.30. Saturday 9.00-12.00.
Mail: closducaillou@wanadoo.fr
Web: http://www.closducaillou.com  

 In 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 .
Elie 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.

When 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.

The 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 Colette.

In 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 domain. She 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 charge.

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 2002.


Both Sylvie's children have undergone training that well could be used at the domain in the future. Axel has a BTS Viticulture Oenologi from Lycée Frédéric Bazille Agropolis in Montpellier, and Marilou an education from IESEG School of Management in Lille.

Wines

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 15 months.


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 planted 1956-58. 
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 demi-muids.

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 and Garrigues. 
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 Le Caillou
2016: 85% Counoise and 15% Mourvedre. Direct press.

Cotes du Rhone Blanc Le Caillou
2016: 40% Grenache Blanc, planted in 1951, 30% Clairette Rose and 30% Bourboulenc.


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 og 5% Grenache Blanc
Vinification in demi-muids (50%) or in steel tank.

An apartement is for rent at the domain

  


Sylvie Vacheron at Marché aux Vins in Cairanne 2014


Bruno Gaspard at Decouvertes in Avignon 2013


Photo: Philippe Cambie


Sylvie Vacheron's two children Axel and Marilou together with Bruno and Sylvia. Bruno is not a part of the family, but is considered as if he was.
Photo: facebook


Photo (right): Jeb Dunnock by a tasting at the domain in 2015. From the left: Philippe Cambie, Audy Perche, Sylvie and Marilou Vacheron and Bruno Gaspard.

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Updated 2017-08-28