Caladoc is a rare grape variety planted primarily in the southern French wine regions such as the Rhone and Languedoc. The grape is a crossing of Grenache and Malbec that combines some of their best features, eschewing some of Grenache’s high alcohol for the colour and the tannin and intensity of Malbec. Caladoc also adds smooth tannins along with raspberry and spice flavours to blends.

Caladoc was created by grape breeder Paul Truel in 1958. It was created with the aim of having a vine that could grow in Southern France which was less prone to coulure (see below) than its parents.

Domaine du Grappillon d’Or is a very famous producer in Gigondas and Vacqueras. The wine below is a distinctive Merlot Caladoc blend, with grapes grown in clay limestone vineyards just outside of Gigondas. After a hand harvest, the grapes macerate for ten days before six months of ageing.


Domaine du Grappillon d’Or Merlot Caladoc 2009, 13.5%, €13.99

Deeply garnet coloured wine with a nose of wild fruit, pepper, spice and earth. On the palate this chewy, concentrated wine combines generous dark fruit (loganberry, plum and blackberry) flavours with spice, liquorice, smoke and pepper.

Medium bodied and refreshing with a clean finish of soft tannins.

Perfect for grilled meats, salads, pizza, exotic foods and cheese….Excellent value!


This Week’s Snippet of Info…

What is Coulure?

Coulure (pronounced coo-LYUR) is a potential viticultural hazard that is the result of metabolic reactions to weather conditions that cause a failure of grapes to develop after flowering, triggered by periods of cold, cloudy, rainy weather or very high, out of season temperatures.

Available from Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon

And good independent Off Licences