Château Picque Caillou, Graves, 2016

  Château Picque Caillou

Pauline Calvet's Picque Caillou estate is situated between Haut Brion and Merignac airport. It has been on a fine run of form and makes a habit of outclassing far more illustrious names from the Pessac commune. Produced from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot and aged in 40% new oak barrels. I know we've been raving about Pauline's wines for some time, but the 2016 could be the best yet, certainly the most elegant and refined. The bouquet is brimming with bright Morello cherry notes and a gorgeous stony minerality. There is ample concentration; sumptuous redcurrant and cassis flavours glide over the palate and finish in a starry crescendo of bright cranberries and crushed rocks. This is a really impressive Picque Caillou.

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: Merlot | Cab. Sauvignon

A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend is usually more Cabernet dominated, however in the cooler more clayey parts of Bordeaux, namely St Estèphe, Merlot is often the more present of the two and can give outstanding results. A blend that is also used to good affect in the New World, producing alluring fruit-driven wines for short to medium term drinking.