Château Picoron is located in the commune of Sainte-Colombe on slopes descending from the Saint-Émilion limestone plateau and overlooking the Dordogne Valley.
Owing its name to the Latin word picus, meaning "peak", Picoron's elevated position is especially well-suited to growing grapes to produce high quality wines.
Château Picoron benefits from this outstanding location as well as a long, rich history.
Situated next to the estate, the listed Romanesque church in Sainte-Colombe was built on the foundations of a large Gallo-Roman villa dating back to the 3rd century. The existence of wine presses and vats attest to a history of winemaking going back to antiquity. Fine polychrome mosaics testify to the wealth and influence of this exceptional site.
Public archives retrace the continued existence of vineyards dating back to the mid-16th century, and highlight the early decision to focus on winemaking there. These documents confirm the long-standing and privileged relationship between Picoron and wine.
Surrounded by woods and hills, Château Picoron affords a panoramic view that is both impressive and beautiful. A haven of peace, the estate features two attractive buildings.
The historic 18th century manor house opens onto a park with hundred-year-old trees. A former outbuilding at the bottom of the slope used to house horse-drawn carriages has been transformed into a summer house with large bay windows overlooking the surrounding vines.
Château Picoron's terroir – a clay-limestone promontory with both gentle and steep slopes – is particularly conducive to growing wine grapes.
The estate has 4.5 hectares of vines. These are 100% Merlot, the famous Saint-Émilion grape variety. The future introduction of Cabernet Franc in 2019, a grape variety perfectly suited to this terroir, will account for the production of even smoother, more complex wines.
The estate's philosophy is simple yet effective. The vineyards are managed using environmentally-friendly techniques that respect the ecosystem, the terroir, and, of course, the vines. Within the next 5 years, the entire estate will convert to organic viticulture.
The grapes are sometimes harvested in several passes in order to achieve optimum ripeness in each plot. They are then transported at controlled temperature to a sorting table before being placed into vat.
Built in 2014 using technology developed for the great growths, the vat room contains 7 small, inverted cone-shaped vats, particularly adapted to plot-by-plot and intra-plot harvesting and fermentation.
The remarkable underground barrel cellar is like a stone treasure chest. It provides the wines with optimal conditions for ageing.
The estate's philosophy continues into the cellar, resulting in the production of all together elegant, well-balanced, and attractive wines.
Emblematic of Château Picoron's terroir, the estate's grand vin receives the upmost care and attention, both in the vineyard and cellar, resulting in powerful, fine, and elegant wines.
The charming and deliciously fruity second wine of Château Picoron receives the same care and attention as the grand vin, displaying its own unique personality.
2014 "Les Terrasses" represents the dawn of the estate renewal. Plot-by-plot harvesting, just like at the finest Burgundian vineyards, can lead to the production of this cuvée in certain vintages.
Originally from Australia and now dividing their time between Sydney and Sainte-Colombe, Glenda and Frank Kalyk travelled all over France for nearly 35 years before discovering Château Picoron. After leaving her job selling French antique furniture and homewares, Glenda Kalyk considered purchasing a house in France that she would be able to renovate. Glenda and Frank's next journey to France led them to the Bordeaux region, near Saint-Emilion, where they were to find exactly what they were looking for.
"We have not looked back. We love the terroir, the vineyard, the estate, our neighbours, our new friends and this wonderful country. It has been beyond my expectations... I just never can wait to walk around and amongst Chateau Picoron and feel so blessed and lucky that we are here”.
The château lies behind an iron gate, surrounded by venerable and decorative trees providing a both stately and intimate backdrop. The grounds are an ideal for taking a stroll, receiving guests, or relaxing. They offer majestic views as well as cosy areas where the park gently becomes more of a garden.
The beautiful large manor house dating from 1783 has been entirely renovated. Full of history, yet very welcoming, this noble structure reflects the soul of the estate. The owners, Glenda and Frank Kalyk, regularly stay at the château and decided to open up their residence to guests. The château offers them an outstanding stay or provides an exceptional setting for events and receptions.
Overlooking vine-covered slopes, the summer pavillon completes the personality of the site. Formerly used to house coaches and renovated in a sober, but comfortable, modern style, it opens onto a stunning view of the surrounding landscape.