Boston Wine Expo 2016


Paulin Calvet

Paulin Calvet
Picque Caillou
Owner & Winemaker

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Chateau Picque Caillou was built in 1780 in what was then the countryside outside of Bordeaux. The estate is located at the gates of Bordeaux, in the heart of Pessac-Leognan. With the illustrious Chateau Haut Brion and Pape Clement just a few hundred meters away, this 24 hectare estate owes its name to the stony terroir found on the estate. These gravely soils were deposited from the Garonne River millions of years ago during the Quaternary Era. In fact, the Graves region and this very terroir could be considered the historical birthplace of the Bordeaux vineyards. In 1987, with thanks to the unceasing efforts of André Lurton, Pessac-Leognan was born, recognizing the unique terroir of the region.

Paulin Calvet and his wife, Isabelle, took over the management of the estate prior to purchasing it in 1997.  Before purchasing the estate, Paulin previously worked in the export department of two top Bordeaux wine merchants on the right bank, including Christian Moueix where he worked for 12 years. He was able to use his wealth of knowledge of the Bordeaux market to develop a burgeoning international brand with Chateau Picque Caillou.

Since 2007, the late, celebrated winemaker Denis Dubordieu and now the Dubordieu team work as consulting oenologists unlocking the full potential of Picque Caillou by producing superb wines that win awards and accolades every year. The estate has become a brand that makes an outstanding quality of wine, one of a remarkable balance and delicacy, which reflects the values of the prestigious Pessac-Leognan appellation.


3:00 PM
Château Picque-Caillou Vertical: Bordeaux’s David vs Goliath – A Family Estate in the Midst of Classified Giants with Winemaker/Owner Paulin Calvet and Importer Jean-Christophe Calvet

Chateau Picque Caillou’s (established in 1780) 24 hectares lie just outside the city's gates, in the heart of Pessac-Leognan. The illustrious Chateaux Haut Brion and Pape Clement are located just a few hundred meters away. 

Jean-Christophe Calvet
President and Founder
Aquitaine Wine Company, Bordeaux
Paulin Calvet
Owner & Winemaker
Picque Caillou
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