Chateau Picoron is a small, independent vineyard located in the small village of Sainte-Colombe just outside of Bordeaux in France. Savage Vines is proud to be importing Chateau Picoron wines in the UK. Owned by an Australian family, we first met the Kalyk’s in 2020 and were impressed by their flair for innovation, focus on environmental sustainability and most importantly high quality wines. Read below to find out more about Chateau Picoron wine, their vineyards and some of the different styles of wine they produce.
Where is Chateau Picoron?
Chateau Picoron is located 30 miles east of Bordeaux in the town of Sainte-Columbe in France. Its neighbours are the world renowned villages of Saint Emilion and Pomerol which make some of the most stunning red wines in the world. The easiest way to get to Chateau Picoron is to fly into Bordeaux Airport (airport code: BOD) and hire a car. We recommend having access to a car whilst visiting Bordeaux as you will want to visit multiple vineyards and they are not within walking distance of one another. The other option is to join an organised tour with either Bordeaux Wine Trails or Decanter Tours who are professional operators.
What Type of Wine Does Chateau Picoron Produce?
Chateau Picoron produce Merlot grapes on a little over 4.5 hectares of vines on gently sloping clay-chalk soil. Given they are only farming Merlot, you’re forgiven for assuming they are only produce red wines. However, this is one of the things which we liked about Chateau Picoron wine. Their modern approach to winemaking has led them to produce both red, white and rosé wines all from Merlot grapes. Have you ever tried a white wine from Bordeaux made from 100% Merlot grapes? Traditionally, white wines from the Bordeaux wine region are made from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon or a blend of both. This is another reason you should expand your horizons and try some Chateau Picoron wine.
Accommodation at Chateau Picoron
Another thing we like about Chateau Picoron is they have accommodation for up to 6 people nestled amongst the vineyards along with a 25 metre heated pool. The Chateau was purchased by Frank and Glenda Kalyk in 2015 and they quickly converted the old pool house which overlooks the vines into some chic, self-contained accommodation. Spend an evening by the pool, having a BBQ and drinking some wine after exploring the vineyards of Bordeaux during the day. It doesn’t get much better than this. You can book the pool house on Air BnB here.
Recommended Chateau Picoron Wine
From smooth, aged merlot’s to an exotic white and even an inviting pale pink rosé wine, Chateau Picoron wine is bending traditional Bordeaux rules. Their range of different wines is what makes them unique and worthy of trying. Below we have listed the seven different wines we import from them into the UK.
Chateau Picoron Wine – Les Terrases Merlot 2014
Aged in French oak, this 100% Merlot is great value. Smooth and velvety with aromas of plum, cassis and hints of menthol and vanilla. Drink now or continue to age for another 3-5 years.
Chateau Picoron Wine – Petit Picoron Merlot 2016
An aged classic Bordeaux style red wine made from a combination of oaked and unoaked merlot. Expect rich yet fresh black fruit with plum, spice and subtle tannins.
Chateau Picoron Wine – Sainte Colombe Merlot 2015
A powerful and complex merlot red wine which at the same time preserves its elegance. Expect black fruit, spices, truffles along with notes of cocoa bean and vanilla. To finish there are soft tannins. The wine will benefit from decanting.
Chateau Picoron Wine – Mon Nom Cold Fermented Merlot 19′
Juicy ripe plum, fresh wild cherry, with a hint of dried herbs and wild grass, balanced with gentle acidity and velvety tannins. Produced with minimal intervention: sustainable and vegan friendly. The wine will benefit from decanting when young.
Chateau Picoron Wine – Tattarrattat 100% Merlot 20 ‘(No Sulphites)
Juicy fresh red fruits, sour cherry and crunchy red apple, with a light natural fizz. Fermented and preserved naturally under carbonic gas, without sulphites. Serve room temperature or slightly chilled. Produced with minimal intervention:
sustainable and vegan friendly.
Chateau Picoron Wine – No Lemon, No Melon – White Merlot 20′
Crisp white peach, freshly cut flowers, and a hint of churned butter, with a clean, refreshing body. Gently pressed red berries, fermented with Australian yeast and aged in oak barrels. A white merlot – this wine will impress your family and friends!
Chateau Picoron Wine – Madam I’m Adam Rosé Merlot 20′
Fresh wild strawberry, crisp grapefruit rind & wildflowers, with a refreshing dry body. Early harvested Merlot, hand pressed in the Provençale way, to maintain freshness at lower alcohol. Serve chilled.
Savage Vines imports wine from small, independent vineyards from around the world. We focus on supporting vineyards and winemakers who make organic wines and place importance on environmental sustainability. We highly recommend the wines from Chateau Picoron and if you want to visit them in Bordeaux please send us an email to [email protected] and we will connect you to the owners.
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