2009 Picque Caillou Rouge, Pessac-Leognan (Previously $23)
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.
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)
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."