Château Picque Caillou, Graves, 2012

  Château Picque Caillou

Pauline Calvet's Picque Caillou estate is situated between Haut Brion and Merignac airport. Sitting between Pape Clement and Smith Haut Lafitte at the UGC tasting, one might think that little Picque Caillou would be left behind, but this is a serious Graves and more than holds its own. There is lots of extract, quite big with notes of blackcurrant jam, wood spice, damson and hedgerow fruit. There is lots of tannic extract so this will need a few years to settle down, but there is plenty of potential.

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: Graves

Grave AOC, is a vast region, spanning over 50 kilometres directly south of Bordeaux town. Its name originates from the gravelly soils deposited here in the last ice age, which impart much of the character associated with their mineral whites and sophisticated reds. Grave is the only Bordeaux region that produces quality reds, whites and sweet wines. The region encompasses many smaller communes such as Pessac Leognan, Sauternes and Barsac.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Petit Verdot

The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics, with Malbec adding extra smoky, earthy complexity. Also experimented with in parts of Napa too, such as at Dominus and Cain Five.