ONLY 500 cases produced.
Everything about Chateau Picoron is unexpected in the context of Bordeaux. Viticulture is organic and biodynamic. Sulphur is either not used at all, or used with the lightest touch. Oak is barely appreciable and the presentation is distinctly avant-garde rather than traditional.
Winemaker Camille Lanyou vinifies plot by plot, without blending, to produce only a few hundred cases a year.
This reads almost like a manifesto against Bordeaux rather than the introduction to one of its most exciting new labels, and yet Picoron is just that.
The wines themselves are a joy to taste, with vibrant acidity - silky, clean and direct - and probably the most drinkable Bordeaux that we’ve ever tasted at a young age. Compared to any other quality Bordeaux, they are a total bargain.
Chateau Picoron is a single 4.3ha estate on the famous clay limestone St Emilion ridge. Just one grape is planted - Merlot - and six different single plot expressions are bottled with the goal of creating a new conversation about Bordeaux, shaking the conformity and rigidity of the region.
"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." - 93 Points, Mark Faber
"Fresh and clean with minerals, blackberries and hints of walnuts. Medium body and firm tannins." - 91 Points, James Suckling