Chateau du Caillau
Château du Caillau is located in Vire-sur Lot in the Cahors region of south-west France, where both the Mediterranean and Atlantic Oceans influence the climate. Caillau, which is French for “pebbles”is owned by Philippe Bernède, whose family have been winemakers for six generations. The estate is farmed with organic practices, and 100 hectares are under vine spread across three main plots planted with mostly Malbec, the indigenous grape of of Cahors, known locally as Côt, and some Merlot on clay-gravel, clay-limestone and thick clay soils. The average age of the vines is 25 years. Each plot is vinified in separate tanks and aged in a combination of stainless steel and oak for 12 months before bottling. The wines are dense and earthy, packed chock-full with rich dark fruit.