Château Picque Caillou, Graves, 2017

  Château Picque Caillou

Pauline Calvet's Picque Caillou is a bit of a giant killer. Situated between Haut Brion and Merignac airport it makes a habit of outclassing far more illustrious names from the Pessac Leognan commune. Produced from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot and aged in 38% new oak barrels and a mixture of one and two year old barrels, this is another fine example from this high flying estate. Perfumed, floral infused fruit, cherry blossom and pure raspberry. The fruit is really fluid and honest with a distinct Cabernet profile of cassis and minerals. There's lovely purity here and sympathetic tannins that frame the fruit and don't dominate. Another super 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: 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.