2009 Picque Caillou Rouge, Pessac-Leognan

SKU #1116600 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium-deep ruby. Enticing nose suggests smoky blackcurrant, strawberry jam and ink. Fresh and sappy on entry, this politely styled, rather light-bodied wine offers pretty red and black fruit flavors and very smooth tannins. The moderately long finish hints at tar and smoke. This uncomplicated but attractive wine should provide considerable short-term pleasure at a moderate price.  (6/2010)

Wine Spectator

 Focused and compact, this red shows tobacco, anise and smoke flavors, with just enough plum fruit to keep it lively. A brooding style that wants food to blossom. Best from 2012 through 2020. (Web-2012)

K&L Notes

Bordeaux deals from the 2009 and 2010 vintages landed on 2012's Saveur 100, and they singled out this wine in particular, writing: "I also adore the aroma of rose, the notes of blackberry on the tongue, and the silky tannins in the Château Picque Caillou, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot."

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2012 | Send Email
Smoky dark currants and hot gravel aromas soar from this elegant yet rich wine. The body is smooth and satin textured and there is a roasted quality to the sweet, dark fruit and toasted herb flavors. This stays supple, velvety and balanced right through to the gravely, mineral laced finish.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.