"Le Clos du Caillou continues to craft some of the finest, most consistent Châteauneuf year after year" Wine Advocate
Sylvie VACHERON father’s, Claude POUIZIN, started to deforest the hunting reserve to value the place. According to him, the terroir of this place was exceptional and could not stay only woods. The potential to make growing vines was huge. Then, he decided to plant vines instead of the woods, which was strongly criticized among the inhabitants of Courthézon at that time…
Over time, by small touches, Claude POUIZIN draw the domain with an unusual balance (9 ha in Châteauneuf du Pape and 45ha in Côtes du Rhône), mainly on rolled pebbles soil on the hill, who did the Vauclusian legend, but also on some sandy and safres soil, giving a very elegant and fineness wine. With a good filtering during violent rain, with a lot of sun and cleaned by the wind, this is one of the best terroir of the appellation. Also one of the earliest… Grounds are worked in the respect of the nature, by regular ploughing without weedkiller and without chemical produce, using only phytosanitary treatment of sulfur and copper in a lower quantity. The domain was certificated organic wine in 2010 but was working in this way since the vintage 2000. In this same philosophy, since few years, one part of the vineyard is working in biodynamic agriculture way, in the goal to swing on the totality of the vineyard.
Our vineyard is rich of traditional red variety, such as Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Counoise and also some white variety: Viognier, Roussanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc, without forgetting the Grenache, native god red and white.