An Incredible Red Wine: 2007 Le Clos du Caillou Cuvee Unique


Rhône Vineyards
  • Rhône Vineyards
The wine press has been all over the 2007 vintage from France's southern Rhône Valley. Wine Guru Robert Parker has called it the "best he's ever tasted." When I hear such superlatives I usually prepare myself for disappointment. The anticipation created from such hype is seldom fulfilled.

Back in the day, I remember everyone telling me how great the movie The English Patient was. A must see. When I finally did, I have to say, not so much. Not quite a yawner, but darn close. But if the 2007 Le Clos du Caillou Cuvee Unique I tasted last night is any indication, I have to say I'm among the converted.

This is the kind of bottle that makes wine geeks go all soft and fuzzy. Rich, floral aromas with cherry liqueur, licorice and spice. On the palate, its like liquid silk with a side of cream. Big and supple, the flavors fill the mouth with red fruits and dark chocolate, and the finish lingers. It's absolutely enticing on its own, but I paired it with chicken fajitas, and it worked fine. Still, I'm thinking something rich and hearty like braised spare ribs or lamb shanks would be even better.

At about $20, it's a bit of stretch for my budget, but I'd have to say it is definitely worth the splurge.