2006 Les Cailloux CNdP

This remains one of my favorite domains. Les Cailloux always delivers the goods.

The 2006 Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape is no exception to the rule. Soft, velvety, nicely balanced. DSC_0351Les Cailloux is smooth even as very young, but this is surely perfectly rounded off. It has none of the boisterous notes that oftentimes are found in infant CNdPs. I gave it an hour of aeration, which is recommended. Garrigue, blueberries, slightly peppery with a mineral sensation and a long finish. Again a great effort. It is hard to find a better wine at 300 SEK. Can be found at Franska Vinkompaniet92p.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the prestige cuvée of Les Cailloux – the Centenaire – which is only produced in exceptional vintages. The vines are about 100 years old. Being a 2010, it was still young, but already approachable. It is most certainly one of the best wines I have ever had, and I would rate it somewhere in the range of 96-98p. It does not come for free, but at 900 SEK is still good value as compared to equally rated wines from e.g. Bordeaux or Burgundy.

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