The younger generation at Le Clos du Caillou as of 2020 purchased a spectacular property north of the family estate in Courthezon. The winery is made up of a 15th-century farmhouse (the “mas”) and cellars, surrounded by acres of prime Chateauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, in the heart of lieu-dit ‘La Janasse’ in the far northeast corner of the designation.

With many vines planted in 1924 and terroir that echoes Chateauneuf’s finest, winemakers Marilou Vacheron and her brother Axel are more than well-positioned to craft seriously compelling and character-rich southern blends.

The estate totals some 16 acres of land, nearly half of which sit within the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation and just a few miles north of Le Clos du Caillou Courthezon. The rest of the estate includes vineyards rated Cotes du Rhone, as well as lavender fields, olive trees and cypress trees. 

Vines, many of which were planted in 1924, are cared for sustainably, according to both organic and biodynamic practices; the estate is seeking certification. Estate terroir is similar to what is found at Caillou, with silty and sandy soils, with some clay and large quartz stones. Importantly, much of the land appears drought resistant, a boon in ever-warmer growing seasons.

Grapes are harvested by hand in small crates, and currently are being trucked to the cellars at Le Clos du Caillou to be vinified. Grapes are fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks (either stainless steel or tapered wooden casks). Wines are aged in demi-muid or barrel for approximately 15 months. The estate’s first vintage under its new ownership was 2020. Wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered, with minimal added sulphites.

60% Syrah, 40% Grenache

Le Mazet

Aromas of ripe black fruit, pepper, wild thyme and lavender. Round and generous, well-balanced; black fruit is plush yet still fresh, with notes of brown spice.

Current Vintage: 2020                                               CSPC: 873400

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55% Grenache, 20% syrah,
20% mourvedre, 5% cinsault

Le Mas

Aromas of ripe black cherries, licorice, wild rose and brown spices. Silky yet structured with more black fruits and kirsch; ginger and white pepper finish.

Current Vintage: 2020                                                     CSPC: 873403  

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