Le Clos du Caillou

Company: E.A.R.L Pouizin - Vacheron
Sylvie 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.
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.
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. 
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.
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 the winemaking since 2002.
In August 2020 Domaine de Panisse vas purchased and 
Sylvie's two children Marilou and Axel has a chance to try their scills there.

The domaine covers 9 ha of Chateauneuf du Pape and 44 ha of Cotes du Rhone

Sylvie Vacheron at Marxhe aux Vins in Violès 2014

Bruno Gaspard at the domaine 2018

Wines accodring to website January 2021
(The wines from 2018 contains around 15% les Grenache than in normal years)

Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition
2018: 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre,15% Syrah.
Aged in foudres or demi-muids for 14 months.

Chateauneuf du Pape Les Safres  
2018: 75% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, Vaccarese and Cinsault. Grencache aged in foudres Mouvedre in demi-muds for 14 months

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Les Safres
2019: 40% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc and 30% Clairette from the lieux-dits Les Bédines and Pignan. 
Fermented and then aged in barrels for 4 month

Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz
2018: 85% Grenache, 30% Syrah.
Grenache aged in (90%) i demi-muids, 10% i amphora.
Syrah in barrels for 14 months.

Chateauneuf du Pape La Réserve
2018: 50% Grenache, 50% Mourvedre. 
Aged for 14 months in demi-muids (88%) or amphoras. 

Cotes du Rhone Le Caillou
2019: 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault.. 60+-years-old vines. 80% de-stemmed.

Cotes du Rhone Le Caillou Rosé
2019: 70% Grenache,30% Cinsaul, Mouvedre, Syrah. Direct press.

Cotes du Rhone Le Caillou Blanc
2019: 50% Viognier, 20% Clairette, 15% Roussanne, 15% Grenache Blanc

Cotes du Rhone Le Bouquet des Garrigues
2018: 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Carignan, Mourvedre, Counoise.
Aged in demi-muids or foudres for 14 months.

Cotes du Rhone Rosé Le Bouquet des Garrigues
2018: 55% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 15% Syrah

Cotes du Rhone Blanc Le Bouquet des Garrigues
2019: 40% Clairette 30% Grenache Blanc, 15% Viognier,15% Roussanne.

Cotes du Rhone Esprit Nature
2019: 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah.

Cotes du Rhone Les Quartz
2018: 80% Grenache,20% Syrah. 60-years-old growing in the same type of soil as Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz. Aged in wooden tank, foudres or demi-muids for 14 months.

Cotes du Rhone La Réserve
2018: 75% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre. 
Aged in demi-muids or amphoras (10%) for 14 months.

Cotes du Rhone Blanc La Réserve
2019: 100% Clairette
Vinification in new demi-muids (55%) or in steel tank. Matured here for 5 months.

Maybe you will meet Aude Chabot in the tasting room
She is assisting Bruno Gaspard in the cellar.

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