1997 Terrey Gros Cailloux, St-Julien

SKU #1073845 Decanter

 The layout of the parcels making up this 15ha property means that they touch on nearly all the classed growths of the appellation. The wine seems to combine all of the virtues of Saint-Julien--richness, fruit, roundness, generosity--without the price tag of the classed growths.  (2/ 2001)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/28/2012  | Send Email
Here is a great value that will not last long so buy quickly. Savory herbs, slight menthol, earth and mushroom aromas come through on the nose. Tart red fruit, cherry and cranberry, keep the palate bright along with more earthy goodness with the savory herbs coming back on the lingering finish. I have opened this on a few occasions and I think just like the 97 Langoa it benefits from a good 2 hour decant to wake up the fruit.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/30/2011  | Send Email
What a find! I have been drinking a lot of '97 Bordeaux over the past couple of years. The wines are well-balanced, have a classic "claret" appeal, and are well priced. But this! St. Julien for $20?! One of a mere handful of Cru Bourgeois properties within an appellation dominated by classified growths, this wine comes from a 14 hectare estate located in the very center of the commune of St Julien-Beychevelle. The vineyards – planted 70% to Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% to Merlot, and 5% to Petite Verdot – are in several large blocks bordering on such famous properties as Gruaud Larose, Beychevelle, and Ducru Beaucaillou. This 1997 Chateau Terrey-Gros-Caillou has a wonderfully savory nose, with notes of aromatic cedar and spicy pepper. On the palate tart, tangy red currant notes accent the smooth texture and the firm, fleshy tannins. A terrific value and a suitable accompaniment to anything from your Wednesday night burger to steak frites.

By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/23/2011  | Send Email
I really enjoyed this old school Bordeaux--a really solid wine for the money. It still had plenty of sweet cherry and raspberry fruit on the palate, as well as a touch of earthy minerality and some savory herbs.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/22/2011  | Send Email
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It humors me that certain wine critics initially labeled this vintage as a bad one. When I first started in this industry more than 40 years ago, when Bordeaux had a bad vintage, it was horrible (i.e., 1965 and 1968). But modern technology has taken over wine production over the last 20 years. Today, instead of setting a picking a date that’s 45 days after veraison to start the harvest, as they used to, and picking everything at once, regardless of conditions, they now pick in blocks when the grapes are physiologically ripe. That’s why, in part, the ’97s are quite good, have evolved really well and are drinking nicely now. This Gem has a wonderful depth, with round, soft, developed cedary fruit and secondary notes, a lovely, opulent nose and a long, complex finish. Anderson says that we need to stockpile this Gem, as should you, for our everyday enjoyment. 12.5% ABV. (Jim Barr)
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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/21/2011  | Send Email
A savory, red fruited nose with just a hint of tomato leaf leads to an elegantly advanced, mature Bordeaux. The completeness and elegance of this wine undoubtedly will exceed your expectations given the $20 price. Quite good.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/13/2011  | Send Email
No vintage of Bordeaux has given me as much pleasure as 1997. I can't think of a group of wines that are as fairly priced, ready to drink and available as this under-rated Bordeaux vintage. The Terrey Gros Cailloux Saint Julien has the balance and integrated tannins that I have come to expect from 1997, but surprised me with how much curranty Cabernet flavor and vibrancy that it has for such a low price. This is a perfect bottle to serve with top sirloin sliced over arugula on a weeknight. What a treat!
Top Value!

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 10/15/2011 
Saturated ruby with a slight fade at the rim. Cranberry, cherry, earth & minerals burst from the nose. Much of the same on the attack with that austerity that is telltale Bordeaux. Tannins & acids are still evident though fairly well integrated. I'm looking forward to polishing off this bottle tonight!

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.