GRAPE VARIETIES: 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
The wine from Château Haut Caillou has a deep colour with flashes of crimson.
The rich, clean nose combines the aromas of small red fruits and subtle oaky notes.
Full-bodied on the palate with fine tannins and a marked texture.
terroir: a sandy-clay and gravel terroir in Lalande-de-Pomerol (a more supple wine, feminine in style). Clay with « crasse de fer » in Néac (more structured wines).
VITICULTURAL REGIME: awarded Terra Vitis certification in 2009 for its sustainable viticulture, and since 2012 has received HVE3 (High Environmental Value Level 3) and ISO 14001 certification.
VINIFICATION: traditional method in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks.
A small estate spanning some 7 hectares, Château Haut Caillou in Lalande-de-Pomerol was taken over in 2002 by Laurent Rousseau, a 7th generation wine grower.
An extremely talented winemaker, Laurent Rousseau is well-respected among the wine trade, as his title of « Meilleur espoir du vin » in 2002 and « le trophée du vigneron » in 2006 pay testament.
Committed to “respecting the full extent of the vine’s potential”, he was one of the first to make the environment a firm priority, and set about implementing the most astringent guidelines to adhere to these principles. In 2009, he achieved Terra Vitis certification for sustainable agriculture, and in July 2012, was one of the first 5 properties to be accredited with HVE certificate (“High Environmental Value”). Achieving HVE level 3, the highest award, is a rare accolade, and is the only one that can be communicated to the public.
Since 2007, the Château has been equipped with a water-treatment plant 100% natural materials, constructed entirely from bamboo, to date the only one of its kind in south west France. Any waste is removed, degraded or stored by the plant, without harming the environment in any way. In the winery, Laurent Rousseau focuses on vinification techniques which enhance the true character of the grape, and are entirely natural, resulting in a Lalande-de-Pomerol wine of great roundness and balance, with appealing aromatic complexity.
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