I was pleased to come across this in the showroom as I thought it might give some insight into the 2016 I bought EP, which is now stored in reserves…
…not the best pic but it’s a Cotes du Rhone ‘la Reserve’ 2013 from Clos du Caillou. The story of why this is labelled Cotes du Rhone and not Chateauneuf du Pape is well known ( get off my land ! ) but it more than bears comparison with wines from the latter, more prestigious, appellation.
A 75:25 blend of Grenache and Mourvedre, it had a wonderfully complex nose of dark fruits, bay, thyme, liquorice and spice with an underlying savoury quality. Real depth of flavour on tasting, savoury and complex with dark plum and berry fruit, spice and liquorice and a subtle creamy note. Supple in texture with fresh acidity and soft tannins providing elegant structure and great balance. A long and expansive finish completed a wonderful drinking experience. Its drinking window, until 2025, is by no means unrealistic.
I can’t remember drinking a better Cotes du Rhone. It was £18, a CdP of this quality would probably cost double.