The 2011 Cotes du Rhone Bouquet des Garrigues from Clos du Cailllou is Abbelio Wines's first organic wine. We have been holding off adding organic wines to our portfolio until we found wines which are as good as or better than the equivalent non-organic wine, and Bouquet des Garrigues is an amazing wine! It is bursting with flavour and complexity and is a great wine to go with white meats and cheese. It has also recently received a 90 score from eRobertParker, making this wine exceptional value for money too!
Each bottle contains a sticker confirming its organic certification. As this is a 2011 vintage, it is marked as "Vin issu de raisins de I'Agriculture Biologique certifié par FR BIO 10" - i.e. wine made from organic grapes. This is because only in 2012 did Europe allow the wine to be certified organic - previously only the grapes could be certified.
Stephen Tanzer's IWC
(85% grenache, 10% syrah and the rest carignan and mourvedre, all raised in foudres ): Vivid ruby-red. Aromas of fresh red berries and Asian spices, with smoke and floral touches adding complexity. Juicy, seamless and very fruity, offering zesty strawberry and raspberry flavors that pick up a bitter edge with air. Closes on a silky note, with soft tannins coming in late. I find a pinot-like delicacy to this approachable, fruit-driven wine.
Round and molten and so juicy. Liquorice and treacle. Punchy but fun.
, Oct 2013, 90
Along the same lines, and showing surprising depth and richness in the vintage, the 2011 Cotes du Rhone Bouquet des Garrigues offers loads of spice, kirsch liqueur, hints of leather, and crushed flowers on the nose. Medium-bodied, elegant and textured, yet also with sweet tannin, it should be consumed over the coming 4-5 years. Drink now-2019.
Located in the northeastern part of Chateauneuf du Pape, and covering 22 acres in the appellation and 110 acres in Cotes du Rhone (most of which are situated around the estate and bordering Chateauneuf du Pape), this benchmark estate is run by Sylvie Vacheron, with Bruno Gaspard assisted by Aude Perch and oenologist Philippe Cambie making the wines. The winemaking here is mostly traditional, yet spans the spectrum with some of their top wines seeing time in some new barrels. While the wines emphasize fruit and texture, they never lose their Southern Rhone souls and age beautifully. The vineyards have been farmed biodynamically since 2003, and the estate was certified Organic in 2010. This is an absolutely stunning set of wines by this team. Moving to the reds, both 2011 and 2012 are very strong here, with the 2011s easily being some of the finest wines in the vintage. Looking at the Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz cuvee, which, like the Cotes du Rhone Les Quartz, comes mostly from the rolled pebble soils the region is known for. It is normally a blend of 85% foudre-aged Grenache and 15% barrel-aged Syrah. Compared to the Les Safres, this cuvee is normally more concentrated and structured, with big fruit and an exuberant personality. The most modern-styled of the lineup and coming all from sandy soils (Pignan and Guigasse lieux-dits) and seeing a touch of new demi-muid, the Reserve le Clos du Caillou is always a blend of roughly 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre.
, Jan 2013, 87
Features a briary frame, with blackberry and plum coulis flavors, showing a hint of anise on the dark finish. Drink now. 4,625 cases made.–JM
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