Pauline Calvet's Picque Caillou estate is situated between Haut Brion and Merignac airport. This serious Graves is produced from 45% Merlot and 55% Cabernet Sauvignon. There is plenty of good extract here, with notes of raspberry, bell pepper, loganberry, wood spice, damson and hedgerow fruit. This honest and unforced with a nice mineral touch. This shows many more expensive Pessacs to way it should be done!
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.
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.