Picard Saint-Estephe .750L Bordeaux France
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Dark purple color. Delicately smoky and spicy nose. Elegant and well-balanced flavors. A Bordeaux of great class.
Between 12 and 18 months in oak barrels, with 35% new barrels.
Chateau Picard, (located in the centre of Saint-Estephe), was classified a cru bourgeois in 1932, and has always been considered one of the best wines in the appellation. This is the most recent vineyard purchased by Mahler-Besse (1997). The 8-hectare estate was chosen for its considerable potential and medium-sized area, making it easier to oversee production. Once they bought Chateau Picard, Mahler-Besse renovated the Napoléon III-style cellars and installed efficient winemaking equipment, incorporating gravity flow. The exceptional soil is clayey for the most part, which is quite typical of Saint-Estephe. It is also full of fossilised cockleshells and sea urchins. Chateau Picard is mostly planted with Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is subtly smoky and spicy. It is definitely high-class, and easy to identify because of its unusual label showing two flamingos standing on one leg, wings outstretched.