The 2010 spring was very cool. The vine grows slowly with a lot of grapes.
The heat arrived very fast during the flowering, engendered a strong vegetation growth.
As a result: an important shatter (flower abortion) and thus a small harvest (- 40% compare to the average). After the dry summer, the august and september cool temperatures permit to conserve the rich aromatic potential of the grape.
Harvest started mid-september with the white grape and finished the 5 october with the Châteauneuf-du-Pape grape.
We find in the wine a forgotten balance: red fresh fruit, fine acidity and tannins. It leads to predict a beautiful long aging.
Since the vintage 2010 the clos du Caillou wine are certificated organic wine.
The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve is made only during the beautiful vintage.
It’s a blend with 60% of Grenache and 40% of mourvèdre, located on the name-place “La Guigasse”.
It’s a sandy terroir (soil), which confer to the wine freshness and sharpness.
Although early due to his soil, the grapes are picked late on october 2nd and 3rd, 2010, to obtain a perfect maturity of the Mourvèdre. After de-stemming, Grenache and Mourvèdre are sent to a wooden tank, where they will be vinify together. A daily work between punch-down and delestage will be made during all the maceration of grapes (39 days). Then the wine will age 18 months in demi-muids (big barrel of 600L). The bottling was made on march 17th, 2012 for a production of 6516 bottles and 310 magnums.