Chateau Petit Picoron Bordeaux 2016

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CPME201610 UCAU
Founded in 1570 by the Picoron family, Château Picoron has a long history of wine. Now days, Château Picoron is operated by an Australian family. What we produce is as much a celebration of the history of our winery, as it is the future. Our winery is a coming together of France & Australia, new & old, past & future. We produce limited production wines which celebrate our past, and inspire the next generation of wine drinkers. We produce only 2000 cases of wine per year, for our friends & family. Our winemaker, Stephane Apelbaum, believes nature to be our greatest collaborator, preferring a minimal intervention to vineyard management and winemaking. Our wine is produced sustainable, and we are on a journey toward organic farming conversion. Only 1000 cases produced! This is a 100% Merlot produced from the rolling clay and limestone hills of Chateau Picoron, aged with a hint of French Oak and now ready to drink.
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  • Limited - Only 1,000 Cases Made!
  • 100% Merlot from Bordeaux
  • Perfect food wine!
  • Single Bottle
    $34.99
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  • 93
  • 91
  • 15.5 / 20
  • 9 / 10

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Cassis
    • Plum
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cherry
    • Plum
    • Redcurrant

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Mark Faber

    93
    "Gorgeous notes of cassis, boysenberry and hints of forest floor greenery leap out of the glass in this classy Bordeaux. The Petit Picoron is taking on modern Bordeaux elements (similar to Chateau Latour) for approachability in its youth. It’s got luscious red and blue fruits perfectly suited for the modern Australian palate whilst retaining some that bramble, leafyness and anise thus retaining the essence of Bordeaux complimented by woody, supple tannin."
  • James Suckling

    91
    "Fresh and clean with minerals, blackberries and hints of walnuts. Medium body and firm tannins."
  • Jancis Robinson MW

    15.5 / 20
  • Vinography

    9 / 10

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France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux produces some of the most highly sought after and revered wines in the world. Located close to the coast, in the south-west of France the town and is divided by the Gironde River. Wines to the west of the river are referred to as left bank, and are Cabernet dominant. To the East of the river, on the right bank Merlot is the dominant grape variety. Throughout the 57 appellations, over 10,000 wine-making châteaux grow the red grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. These are commonly blended and collectively referred to as clarets. Smaller amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is also grown in Bordeaux.

In 1855, due to the high export demands of Bordeaux wines, Emporer Napoleon III requested an official Bordeaux classification system, based on market costs of the wines at the time. The Chateaux were classified in to five ‘growths’ from first growth to fifth growth and cru Bourgois. Also in 1855 The Sauternes and Barsac classification covered the sweeter wines, with Chateau d’Yquem the only Superior First Growth, followed by Premiers Crus and Deux Deuxièmes Crus.

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About the brand Chateau Picoron

A Bordeaux winery producing expressions of Merlot, which represent the many generations of our winery. We produce wine for our parents, children & friends. Established in 1570, for now under the care of Australians Glenda & Frank, and winemaker Stephane Apelbaum.
All our wine is vinified plot by plot in very limited production.

Chateau Picoron, a 5 hectare vineyard located on the clay & limestone ridge, adjacent to Saint-Émilion.

Founded in 1570 by the Picoron family, Château Picoron has a long history of wine. Now days, Château Picoron is operated by an Australian family. What we produce is as much a celebration of the history of our winery, as it is the future. Our winery is a coming together of France & Australia, new & old, past & future.

We produce limited production wines which celebrate our past, and inspire the next generation of wine drinkers. We produce only 2000 cases of wine per year, for our friends & family.

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