Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf du Pape Les Safres 2016 red2019/3/25


What is the soil characteristic and why the name “Les safres”?
Safres soils is a type of compact sand. Located on the name place “Les Bédines”, the soil of this cuvée is made of Sandy and safres soils giving to the wine suppleness and fineness!

2016 VINTAGE : An excellent cellaring potential.

The vintage 2016 benefited from really exceptional weather conditions, every bloc was harvested with optimal maturity.
Following by soft winter and cool spring, summer was hot and dry.
However, very high thermal amplitudes was observed between day and night, favoring the synthesis of polyphenols.
Harvest started on September 7th with red grapes, for 3 weeks.
Nevertheless, the drought of the summer lead to decrease the size of berries, as a result of low yield but with outstanding juice.
Red wines have dense and dark dresses with very high levels of anthocyanins and very beautiful tannic structures leading to predict an exceptional potential of ageing.

Harvest started on September 20st.
Hand-picking with sorting in the vineyard and then in cellar.
De-stemming (100%) and vinification in wooden tanks with wild yeasts. Manual punch-down and delestages are made during all the grape maceration (35 days).

BLEND : 95% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, Vaccarèse and Cinsault

AGEING : In foudres and in demi-muids for 14 months.

This wine presents an attractive madder red color to the dark purple reflections. The nose is greedy with flavors of wild lilacs and notes of flowerbed and faded roses. The mouth is magnificent with a beautiful sweetness, a beautiful fineness of tannins with aromas of liqueur of licorice and peaches/cherry compote.
A very pleasurable wine.




Pie of wild pigeon – Ballotine of roe deer in blueberries.




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