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Chateau Picque Caillou, Pessac-Leognan Blanc, Bordeaux 2017

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Chateau Picque Caillou 2017 Pessac-Leognan Blanc, Bordeaux, France

Farming: Practicing Organic 

Winemaker/Chef du Cave: Denis Dubourdieu, Valerie Lavigne

Château Picque Caillou was built in 1780 in what was then the countryside outside of Bordeaux, but has now become a part of the growing city of Bordeaux. The illustrious Chateau Haut Brion is just a few hundred meters away (15 minute walk). In fact, it is one of the few estates, along with its neighbors Haut Brion and Pape Clement, that have resisted the development urge and preserved their extraordinary terroir to make unforgettable wines. The Pessac-Leognan appellation, which was created in 1987, is reserved for the most exclusive estates in the well known Graves region. Isabelle and Paulin Calvet took over the management of the estate in 1995, and purchased it in 1997. This dynamic family has brought a fresh burst of life to this property. Since the initial involvement of the famous winemaker Denis Dubourdieu, his partner, Valerie Lavigne took over as head consultant oenologist. Picque Caillou is now producing superb wines that win awards and accolades every year.

Grape Varieties: 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon

Soil Type: Gravel/Sandy Gravel The soil is made up of consecutive layers of gravel and pebble debris, most of it brought down from the Pyrenees mountains eons ago.

Vinification/Oak Usage: Hand picked. Fermentation started in vats at low temperatures (15-18°C) then continued and finished in 50% new barrels and 50% 1 year old barrels made of French oak.  Aged 8 months in barrels on fine lees, with frequent stirring up of the lees in oak barrels.  Very small production of Picque Caillou Blanc—only 4800 bottles produced per year (400 cases).


Tasting Notes: A very classic and age-worthy example of Bordeaux Blanc. Supple and expressive across the palate, aromas of chalk-dusted quince, bruised apples, and lemon peel are supported by bright acidity and a long, mineral-driven finish.