Vrai Caillou is an old estate that has been producing charismatic and polished wines for over a century. Since 1863, Chateau Vrai Caillou has been owned by the Pommier family and its wines were noted in the famed Bordeaux wine directory Cocks & Féret. The estate is a little treasure chest, producing excellent Petit Chateaux claret from its fantastic terroir. Vrai Caillou lies in Soussac atop the slopes of the Butte de Launay, one of the highest points in the region.
Vrai Caillou’s name means ‘True Chateau of Pebbles.’ You can find examples of chateaux named after pebbles dotted across Bordeaux; Ducru Beacaillou (beautiful pebbles) is probably one of the most famous. Pebbly ground is vitally important for growing grapevines – most great vineyards lie on hillsides made of gravelly or limestone based soils. The chateau acquired the ‘vrai’ part of its name as it was originally known as Chateau Caillou, which clashed with another chateau in Sauternes of the same name. Rather than change the name of their chateau Odette Pommier’s response was: “Ah! Yes, is there another Caillou? Then, mine will be the true (Vrai) one!”
Vrai Caillou’s 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, Vrai Caillou’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.
Press Reviews: Peter Grogan, author of Grogan’s Companion to Drink; the A-Z of Alcohol:
If anyone can point me towards better value claret than Ch. Vrai Caillou from Bordeaux-Undiscovered I’d be grateful
Learn more about Vrai Caillou on Nicks Blog: Good Value, High Quality Bordeaux Wine – Chateau Vrai Caillou and Bordeaux’s Super Superieurs