2005 Picque Caillou Rouge, Pessac-Leognan
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)
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)
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)
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.