2012 Le Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Reserve
96 Points Wine Access
Deep shimmering ruby. Intense aromas of lavender, thyme, black olives, warm river rocks, and wild strawberry. Rich and luxurious but with a graceful mouthfeel, ripe tannins, subtle smoke, raspberry preserves, game, and rosemary. Just beginning to enter its prime, and with the depth and energy on the palate to suggest another 10 years of enjoyment. Drink now-2027.
95 Points Wine Advocate
Lastly, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Reserve le Clos du Caillou is a classic example of this cuvee. Made from 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, aged all in demi-muid, it offers ample dark fruits, chocolate, bouquet garni and licorice in its full-bodied, supple, forward and elegantly styled profile. As with all of the 2012s here, the tannin is wonderfully ripe, the wine has solid concentration and everything is perfectly balanced. While it’s hard to resist already, it will be better with short-term cellaring and have 15+ years of overall longevity.
95 Points Vinous
Inky ruby. Explosive aromas of red and dark berries are complicated by suggestions of star anise, potpourri and smoky minerals. Rich yet lithe on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and cola flavors and an intense note of candied lavender. Made in a rich yet graceful style, finishing with superb clarity and length and sneaky tannins that come on late. One of my favorite wines of the vintage and almost shockingly approachable now.