Château Picque Caillou Blanc, Graves, 2016

  Château Picque Caillou

Perennially one of our favourite and best value Pessac whites and one that seems to fly under the radar. The 2016 does not disappoint. White flowers and lemon balm, finely pitched flavours with great balance, lovely cut and detail. Restrained, fresh and yet succulent, a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon, aged in barriques 25% of which are new, and a refreshing 12.7% abv.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Picque Caillou

Chateau Picque Caillou was built in 1780 in what was then the countryside outside of Bordeaux. It is situated near the Rocade and more importantly, just a few hundred metres from Chateau Haut Brion.

Isabelle and Paulin Calvet took over the management of the estate prior to purchasing it in 1997. This dynamic family has brought a fresh burst of life to the property. With the active involvement of superstar winemaker Denis Dubourdieu, Picque Caillou is now producing award winning wines that are well worth hunting down.

Appellation: Pessac-Léognan

The region has one first growth, Château Haut-Brion, whilst other renowned Chateaux currently doing well are La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pape-Clément, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Haut-Bailly. Soils are gravely and well-drained and the plantations are similar in proportion to those of the Médoc, consisting mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The region is also well known for its long-lived whites that can be varying blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon oaked or unoaked. The most lauded are Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Brion, Pape-Clement, De Fieuzal, and Laville-Haut-Brion.

Grape Blend: Sauvignon Blanc | Semillon

The traditional dry white Bordeaux blend is usually barrel-fermented to produce a richer, less assertive, food friendly style of Sauvignon with the Semillon adding weight and flesh to the blend. The greatest, most long-lived examples are to be found in the Pessac-Léognan and Graves. The blend has been mirrored to great effect by producers in New Zealand and Australia to produce juicy enjoyable early drinking wines.