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Château Haut Gros Caillou

Grand Cru - AOC Saint-Emilion

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Château Haut Gros Caillou extends over 7 ha of vineyards, and includes some exceptional gravel parcels. The care invested in both the vineyard and winery has been optimised to guarantee the finest grape expression. Retaining fruit character to reveal optimum flavour is in fact the overarching objective at Château Haut Gros Caillou.  Aged for 12 months in barriques, the wines produced at Château Haut Gros Caillou are fruity, elegant, delicately oaked and very supple - typical of this area of Saint-Emilion.

Vinification & Ageing

Traditional fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks.

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2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010

Vintage

After a promising start to the year, a dull, gloomy summer meant ripening got off to a slow start. Any worries were lifted towards the end of August with the arrival of exceptional, lasting weather conditions.
While the quality of the vintage owes a great deal to the excellent late-season, a vintage of this quality would not be possible without considerable work in the vineyards earlier in the season to ensure pristine quality in the vines and stunning fruit. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes take full advantage of the Indian summer, gaining colour, aromas and tannins throughout the ripening process.
Harvesting got underway September 30th blissfully free from stress, with a 4-day reprieve between the last Merlot grapes and the Cabernet Franc, for which we awaited optimum ripeness before picking.

Tasting notes

Deep garnet color. The bouquet shows red fruits aromas, with a delicate hint of vanilla. The fleshy palate is seducing, with round and silky, well-balanced tannins.

Blend

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc

Vintage

After a promising start to the year, a dull, gloomy summer meant ripening got off to a slow start. Any worries were lifted towards the end of August with the arrival of exceptional, lasting weather conditions.

While the quality of the vintage owes a great deal to the excellent late-season, a vintage of this quality would not be possible without considerable work in the vineyards earlier in the season to ensure pristine quality in the vines and stunning fruit. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes take full advantage of the Indian summer, gaining colour, aromas and tannins throughout the ripening process.

Harvesting got underway September 30th blissfully free from stress, with a 4-day reprieve between the last Merlot grapes and the Cabernet Franc, for which we awaited optimum ripeness before picking.

Tasting notes

Attractive bright garnet in appearance, with alluring refreshing fruit on the nose. The wine is medium bodied and rounded on the palate, offering appealing ripe fruit flavours backed by spicy notes. The wine displays a lovely rounded finish, with good length.

Blend

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc

Vintage

Mother Nature once again put us to the test. Hit by poor weather conditions throughout the year, we were on constant alert in the vineyard. Relentless work in the vines kept disease pressure under control and optimised the balance between vegetative growth and fruit development. With the onset of sunshine and warm weather in July and August, ripening took place in good conditions, leaving the berries time to mature. Still feeling the effects of the hot and humid weather at the end of September, we elected to harvest slightly earlier than planned, in order to keep the Merlot and Cabernet Franc whole which were in low quantity like the majority of our neighbours.

Tasting notes

Attractive intense appearance for this 2013 vintage, with its complex bouquet. Fresh and fleshy on the palate, well-structured with silky tannins. A charming wine with its full-flavoured fruit notes accompanied by a hint of oak. A really lovely wine.

Blend

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc

Vintage

A hallmark of this vintage was the unsettled climatic conditions requiring a great deal of vigilance as a result. Work in the vineyard was adapted according to the challenging conditions of the vintage, including shoot thinning (secondary and lateral shoot removal) to balance the canopy growth and yield, and dropping any bunches showing variable ripening. Every measure possible was carried out to preserve the balance in the grapes and promote ripeness. Our concerns during the first half of the year disappeared with the return of fine, dry and sunny weather in August. We delayed harvesting until the last possible moment, picking in a single concentrated period.

Tasting notes

The 2012 is extremely deep in appearance, with a complex bouquet and fresh, fleshy palate, structured by silky tannins. A charming wine with a delicious fruit character and a hint of vanilla. An easy delight.

Blend

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc

Vintage

The clay-sandy structure of the soils at Haut Gros Caillou are particularly suited in a year with pronounced water shortage such as 2011. By meticulously adapting the techniques used in the vineyard to suit the changeable weather of the vintage, we were able to manage the water supply to the vine, and in the end our vines were able to stand up well to conditions on these favorable terroirs. It was particularly difficult to determine the optimum start date for harvesting, juggling real disease pressure and optimum ripeness. We waited as long as possible and harvested in excellent weather conditions. The new destemmer-separator achieved the best results, in a year where selection in both the vineyard and winery was absolutely essential. The 2011 vintage mirrors the classic Saint-Emilion where we can find the elegant fruit and structure characteristic of the appellation.

Tasting notes

The 2011 vintage boasts an attractive deep garnet hue and seductive, soft and rounded character. It reveals aromas of red fruits accompanied by a hint of vanilla.

Blend

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc

Vintage

Exceptionally low recorded rainfall, for the second consecutive year, did not cause any problems and the vines, which are very old and deeply rooted in the clay subsoil, did not suffer from water shortage. After the extensive sunshine throughout the summer, fine September weather played its part in adding the finishing touches to the ripening process. The harvest has never been so evenly spread, lasting 11 days for the Merlot, with each parcel harvested to the best ripeness. A 12-day break was then agreed before starting the Cabernet Franc grapes 20th October! We focused on gentle and controlled extraction, which today delivers silky wines with well-balanced fruit.

Tasting notes

Attractive garnet appearance with lovely depth. The ripe, red berry fruit bouquet pre-empts a pleasing palate with soft structure and rounded tannins. The finish is laden with lovely fruit character with hints of vanilla. A delightful wine!

Blend

30% Cabernet Franc, 70% Merlot



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