Clos du Caillou

Courthézon, France

Established in 1895 by Élie Dussaud, Clos du Caillou has emerged as a prestigious winery in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region. Despite a tumultuous history, including exclusion from the appellation, the estate’s unwavering commitment to quality and organic practices has solidified its reputation as a producer of exceptional wines.

Clos du Caillou’s unique history is intertwined with defiance and determination. In the 1930s, the winery’s exclusion from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation resulted in a curious blank spot on the map, stemming from armed caretakers who resisted the government’s attempts at inclusion. This fascinating chapter exemplifies the estate’s unwavering spirit and unwillingness to conform to convention.

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Since the early 1950s, Clos du Caillou has embraced natural practices, laying the foundation for its organic certification in 2010. Under the guidance of Claude Pouizin, the estate underwent a three-year conversion process, fully committing to sustainable viticulture. Grounded in respect for nature, the vineyards are meticulously tended, employing regular plowing and eschewing chemical weedkillers. Phytosanitary treatments are limited to sulfur and copper, striking a delicate balance between vine health and ecological preservation.

In April 2020, Clos du Caillou took a significant step forward by acquiring the Domaine de Panisse. This new estate encompasses a remarkable old building and 33 acres of Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, featuring sandy soils. The vineyards boast traditional grape varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and old Cinsault dating back to 1950. The commitment to organic agriculture extends to the entire estate, reflecting Clos du Caillou’s dedication to sustainable winemaking.

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Clos du Caillou’s vineyards showcase a rich tapestry of grape varieties, including Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Counoise, and a selection of white varieties. The vineyard management revolves around respecting nature, with regular plowing and the avoidance of chemical inputs. Organic certification since 2010 has laid the groundwork for the estate’s recent foray into biodynamic agriculture, with the ultimate goal of converting the entire vineyard. This holistic approach celebrates the terroir and encourages biodiversity, resulting in wines that authentically express the essence of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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Clos du Caillou’s dedication to organic and biodynamic principles translates into the wines it produces. The vineyard’s focus on respecting nature and preserving the terroir allows the grapes to showcase their true character. The resulting wines exhibit depth, complexity, and a distinct sense of place.

Clos du Caillou’s remarkable journey is one of resilience, innovation, and a deep commitment to organic winemaking. From its defiant past to its embrace of biodynamic principles, this esteemed estate stands as a beacon of quality, preserving the terroir and producing wines that authentically embody the essence of Châteauneuf-du-Pape while treading lightly on the environment.

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Clos du Caillou

  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Reserve

    Grenache

  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz

    Grenache

  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Safres

    Grenache

  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Le Caillou'

    Grenache

  • Le Clos du Caillou Cotes du Rhone Les Quartz

    Grenache, Syrah

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