Chateau Jeanguillon is part of the Vrai Caillou estate, an old property that has been consistently producing charismatic and polished wines since 1863. The estate has been owned by the Pommier family since this date and its wines were recorded in the famed Bordeaux wine directory Cocks & Féret in 1879. This has always been a pioneering estate under the Pommiers; Jean Pommier was a forerunner in the wine industry, and was one of the first to use one of the initial grape harvester prototypes, alongside engineers from throughout the world. He was the first of the region’s wine producers who had the idea of bottling and selling his produce. Passed down the generations, Michel Pommier’s daughter, Christel and husband Philippe de Meillac have been at the helm since 2012.
A passionate wine maker; Philippe de Meillac brings the personal touch to his wines and has a true love of the land, rarely leaving his vineyards. His time is divided between the vines and the chai. He samples each vat on a daily basis, knowing each vat off by heart and he tends them with care until the final tasting process. Philippe believes that feeback on each vintage is vital, saying ‘the best judge is the customer!’. He has conserved a freedom of spirit gained whilst growing up in Martinique that shines through his wines – they combine tradition with innovation . . . and the result is superb.
The estate is a little treasure chest, producing excellent Claret from its vines overlooking the River Garenne in Soussac atop the slopes of the Butte de Launay, one of the highest points in the region.
Chateau Jeanguillon Bordeaux Superieur is beautifully made and a lovely example of this quality of wine. Bordeaux Superieurs are ‘superior’ Clarets made under stricter production laws that lift them above the rank of Bordeaux AOC. They are aged in oak for longer and tend to be richer and more complex. Perfect with food, Jeanguillon’s classic pairing is with rib of beef or steak. It’s also great with venison, duck, lamb and pigeon, game pie, meatloaf and pate, rissoles, pulled pork and tagine of lamb.
Learn more about the Vrai Caillou estate on Nick’s Blog: Good value, high quality Bordeaux wine – Chateau Vrai Caillou