Rare vertical tasting: Domaine les Cailloux’s Cuvée Centenaire 1989-2016

Domaine les Cailloux Cuvée Centenaire, Fabrice and André Brunel
Fabrice and André Brunel

Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a winemaking history going back at least 1,000 years, but there’s one vintage that marks a turning point in its recent evolution: 1989. It was the year that four major estates all decided that instead of making one red Châteauneuf bottling, they would make two; a classic blend and a cuvée spéciale to spotlight their very best parcels.

At the time it was customary to make just a single blend each year, so it marks a significant break with tradition, and this practice has since been widely adopted. Domaine les Cailloux ‘Cuvée Centenaire’ was one of these four pioneers, and I was recently invited to a vertical tasting at the estate.


Scroll down for Matt Walls’ Cuvée Centenaire vertical tasting notes and scores



See Matt Walls’ Cuvée Centenaire vertical tasting notes and scores


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Source: Matt Walls