Our wines

Technical data



Red :50% Merlot; 50% Cabernet Sauvignon White: 60% Sauvignon Blanc; 40% Sémillon


- Soil and sub-soil:
Layer of Gunz-type Pyrenean gravel

- Surface area of the vineyard:
21 hectares (20 hectares in red -1 hectare in white)

-Average age of the vines :
25 years

- Density of plantation :
6,900 – 10,000 vines per hectare

- Harvesting :
Red: hand-picked, sorting over a harvesting bin in the vineyard
White: hand-picked in small crates, pressing of the bunches and settling of the juice in stainless steel vats
- Vinification :
Red: Alcoholic fermentation and maceration at controlled temperatures of 25°-28°C in stainless steel vats
Post-fermentation macerations at 30°C for about 10 days before running off into vat
Malo-lactic fermentation in vat

White: Fermentation in barrels

- Ageing :
Red wines : 12 months in 30% new barrels

White wines: in barrels, 20% of which are new, on the fine lees with weekly stirring of the lees.


Château Picque Caillou Red makes up around 60-70% of the total production, i.e. 65,000 to 75,000 bottles delivered in wooden cases of 12 bottles

Château Picque Caillou White represents 5,000 to 6,000 bottles delivered in wooden cases of 6 bottles

La Réserve de Picque Caillou Red, our Second Wine, represents 30,000 to 45,000 bottles delivered in cardboard cases of 6 bottles


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JEAN-CLAUDE BERROUET’S TASTING COMMENTS



Discover Jean-Claude Berrouet’s tasting comments, written during a vertical tasting of
Château Picque Caillou.

This tasting took place on January 12, 2011, in collaboration with Valérie Lavigne


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2009 vintage


Red

After 12 months barrel-ageing, racked back into vat, unfined.
The colour is very deep, almost purple.
Very fresh nose with lots of aromatic purity.
Oak is present on the nose but it is well integrated in the fruit.
On the palate the wine is very constructed with a more modern smoothness and sensuality than the previous vintages. Plenty of volume on the mid-palate with tight-knit but very ripe tannins.
A very successful wine that needs re-tasting after the bottling.

White:

A pale colour with green glints. The nose is intense, slightly compote, quince paste, pears.
The attack on the palate is fresh and fleshy, while the finish is smooth.
To be enjoyed now.