2009 Le Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz

Hello friends. Quick turnaround today on a well-reviewed wine where we were offered a competitive tariff. I haven’t had a chance to taste this yet (previous vintages I’ve tasted have been ripe, fleshy, balls of red-fruit-and-crushed-rock goodness) but I know there’s loads of interest among our list members in 2009 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and this has strong reviews from a number of different palates I respect.

We’ve been offered a strong tariff for a short time period, so let’s jump in:

I need to send my order by the end of the day Friday, so please try to get order requests in quickly, and I’ll try to build a buffer for latecomers. This may be available for reorders, but likely at a higher tariff. Also, if we sell out, it looks like there is a similarly-priced parcel floating around Oregon. After that, prices start at $89 and go up from there.

There is a lot of interest right now surrounding Jeb Dunnuck, who was announced recently as Wine Advocate’s new reviewer of Washington, as well as the Rhone, southern France, and parts of California. Long time list members know that we’ve been quoting Jeb’s outstanding reviews for years from his Rhone Report. What’s interesting to consider: if his review of this wine had been published in the Advocate, the wine would likely be sold out by now, and at full price. But because his review was published under the Rhone Report masthead, we find it still available to us, and at an aggressive tariff.

The Rhone Report (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive at the warehouse in about a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the spring shipping window.

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