Château Picque Caillou Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2020
~ Winemaking ~
Care is taken to choose the harvest date to avoid over maturity of the grapes. Harvest is usually â few days after that of its neighbor, Hâut Brion.
• Hand picked.
• Fermentation started in vats act low temperatures then continued and finished in 50% new barrels and 50% 1 year old barrels made of French oak.
• Aged 8 months in barrels on fine lees, with frequent stirring up of the lees in oak barrels.
• Very small production of Picque Câillou Blânc—only 4800 bottles produced per year (400 cases).
Since 2018, the vineyard has gained HEV certification (High Environmental Value), an undertaking reflecting our concern to protect biodiversity and the health of our vine-workers. Biocontrol products are thus applied, while we have banned from use all so-called CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic) products.
Wine Enthusiast – “While this wine is still young, it has all the elements of aging potential. The bright green and citrus fruits are spiced with wood aging and a vivid, taut texture. The wine is sure to develop, to be ready to drink from 2024.” (93 Pts)
James Suckling – This is an excellent sample from PC with cream, lemon-rind, green-apple and mineral aromas and flavors. Nice phenolics and tension. Impressive.” (93-94 Pts)