Bruce’s Pick: 2015 Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Vieille Vignes, $24.00

Here is a Côtes du Rhône that is a cut above the rest and has been a Wine Shop favorite for many years. Yes, it is a bit more expensive than most, but the quality in the bottle justifies the cost. In addition to being the product of a really top notch producer, I’ve always thought that that quality could be attributed to the fact that this cuvee’s old vines are surrounded on three sides by Chateauneuf du Pape vineyards, hence Chateauneuf quality at half or less than half the price. 

I had been told by regular aficionados of this wine over the years that 2015 was a special vintage, corroborated by multiple accounts of its success. So upon finally tasting it, I was struck immediately by an extra depth of spicy dark fruit and more than a hint of the legendary “garrigue” associated with the most complex wines of the region. To top it off, there is none of that obvious rusticity found in many common Côtes du Rhônes, but instead you have a polished texture with even floral hints. In short: worth the extra few bucks.

BONUS: Clos du Caillou also produces an outstanding rosé which we sell for $18.99!