2005 Picque Caillou Rouge, Pessac-Leognan

SKU #1052987 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. A smoothly rich wine, layering ripe red fruits with some poised acidity. The tannins are dry, but well integrated into the generous fruits. (RV)  (6/2006)

Jancis Robinson

 Sweet red and black fruit on the nose, cedary oak, but more complex than that with a pencil lead leafiness and a meaty edge. Tannins are still firm and dry but helped by the well-managed fruit. (JH)  (12/2007)

Wine Spectator

 Complex aromas of berry and Indian spices with a hint of meat. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Nicely done for this estate. (JS, Web-2006)

K&L Notes

Asian spice aromas with hints of cinnamon and clove. Ripe flavors with undertones of mineral and red fruits. Old time label with New World flavors. Quite nice. The chateau was built in 1780 very near the famous Chateau Haut Brion in Pessac. Today Denis Dubourdieu is the consultant and has brought this property back from mediocrity to full-fledged fine wine producer. The vineyards are planted to 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and 10% Cab Franc. 5,500 cases produced.

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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 M├ędoc 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.