From$34.99 a bottle
- From vineyard bordering the Grand Crus
- Fruit from 60-year-old vines
- Intended for keeping - on par with Grand Cru
Chateau Cotes Du Gros Caillou Saint-emilion (6 Bottles) 2014 x6
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Aged several months in oak barrels
The wine offers an intense bouquet laden with ripe, red fruit aromas intermingled with toasted, vanilla notes.
Well-balanced in structure with silky, well-integrated tannins. A wine intended for keeping.
Bordering a number of Saint-Emilion Grand Crus, Chateau Côtes du Gros Caillou is located in Saint-Sulpicede-Faleyrens, in one of eight districts of the Saint-Emilion appellation. A number of prestigious Saint-Émilion Grands Crus lie within its immediate vicinity, including Château Monbousquet, the most illustrious. The Tourenne family took over the Château back in the 60s. Didier paid tribute to the determined character of his father, who having started from nothing, through a succession of acquisitions successfully built a 6 ha estate capable of rivaling the very best in its field. Now retired, his father still lives on the estate and with a spring in his stride and beret on his head, never misses an opportunity to remain up to speed with the latest developments. Meanwhile, Didier's only regret is not to have found a more personal name for the Château, given the very classical ring to "Caillou" in the appellation. Yet the name remains synonymous with the soils on the property, which are made up of small stones and are the hallmark of the vineyard. The most outstanding vineyard plots, made up of pure gravel, adjoin those of Château Monbousquet. On these very hot soils, late varietals such as Cabernet Franc ripen more easily and reveal their extreme finesse. The older vines at the Château, which are 60 years old in some cases, may lack the generosity of youth, but retain the intensity and concentration gleaned only through time. Each vine is lavished with meticulous care and attention, with numerous canopy management techniques carried out by hand, including lateral shoot removal, two rounds of leaf-plucking on either side of summer and green harvesting. This meticulous attention to detail continues through to harvesting, when the grapes are painstakingly checked for ripeness levels so as to select only the perfectly ripe plots. In the cellars, small-capacity tanks of varying shapes allow more detailed management of parcels, and separate handling of the premium quality parcels. Just like the finest crus of the appellation, the wines are matured for several months in oak barrels. Today, Château Côtes du Gros Caillou compares well with its eminent neighbours and has been readily accepted as an honorable member of the elite. The wines display all the elegance of the Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens vineyards, with the added intensity that singles out the very finest Saint-Emilion wines.
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