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History

Château de Pressac, a “Grand Cru Classé” of the world renowned and exceptional appellation of Saint Emilion, rises above the hillock, called a “tertre” locally, situated at Saint Etienne de Lisse, to the east of Saint Emilion, facing south.
The property covers 40 hectares in a single, continuous block, of which 36 hectares are planted in vines.

Dominique and Jean-François Quenin have been the fortunate proprietors since 1997 and produce wines of elegance, which fully express the excellence of the terroir of Château de Pressac.

 

It was during Autumn 2012, at the time of the new classification of Saint Emilion, that Château de Pressac was promulgated to the appellation of Grand Cru Classé de Saint Emilion (Classified Great Growth). This classification is supervised by the INAO (National Institute of Origin and of Quality – previously called the National Institute of Appellations of Origin) and requires the presentation of a complete presentation consisting of a case file containing documentation and in depth information about the quality of the wine, the terroir, the viticultural and vinification practices, the maintenance procedures in both the vines and the cellars, the material and equipment in use, etc. Consequently, this prestigious classification rewards and confirms the property’s perpetual efforts to improve the quality of its wine from this specific appellation.

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Vineyards

Château de Pressac is situated in the commune of Saint Etienne de Lisse. The vines of the château are established on the limestone plateau of Saint Emilion, rising to 80 metres above the level of the Dordogne River.
Pressac is an estate covering 42 hectares in one continuous block of land, of which 36 hectares of vines share 3 different types of soil: the plateau, the slopes of the hills and the foot of the hillside.

 

The Pressac terraced vineyards are spectacular indeed! These vineyards are situated on the hilltops facing south and have undergone extensive renovation and maintenance work.
Vineyard terracing combats erosion as well as the damage caused by the gullies that form on the slopes. It also offers an economy of space and, in turn, this facilitates the landscaping and layout management of the rows of vines.

 

 

 

Château de Pressac Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé Le VignobleThe Slopes of the Hills and the Foot of the Hillside:

The geography, the gradient of the hills and the continuous, if more gentle, sloping towards the foot of the hillside, promote the flow of water in the case of heavy rain, thus avoiding excess water retention. The draining of water takes place without hindrance or obstruction.

 

 

 

 

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Winemaking

After the hand picking of the grapes into small crates, the grapes are completely (100%) destemmed before passing along a triple sorting table. One of these tables being a density sorting table.
The different stages of vinification integrate the latest developments in wine making technology. This includes, amongst other processes, a system by which the different fermentation vats are filled entirely by gravity. At the same time, another innovation is the original system of robotic and hydraulic punching down that are installed in the concrete fermentation vats. At the same time, all fermentation vats are equipped with a system of thermo-regulation.

Maturing occurs in barrels of which 65% are renewed every year and takes place over a period of twelve months.

Today, after a decade of uninterrupted efforts and improvements in the quality, the wines of Château de Pressac have attained recognition as “Great Classed Growth” wines combining charm, power and elegance. Their typicity and their authenticity have been recompensed rightfully in the 2012 Saint Emilion classification, which upgraded the property to “Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé”.(Le Figaro)

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Wine Moments

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 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Pressac . In a tasting of  42 wines 

2020 Château Figeac/ Ruby. Scented, minerals, floral, bright nose, detailed, lifted, layered, refined and nuanced nose, almost like a silky scarf caressing your chins while smelling it. Violets like you would not believe it! Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, juicy, silky, velvet, juicy, detailed, bright, transparent deep, incredible balance (13,9% alcohol), it just gives and gives, in small pockets of different flavours. The most intriguing Figeac to date. So effortless and yet so deep. A symphony of harmonies. And the finish lasts into the sunset. 98-100

17d 9h ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château de Pressac . In a tasting of  650 wines 

2020 – the paradox vintage 


2020 began with mild temperatures even breaking temperature record highs at the beginning of February. These conditions led to a premature budbreak. Budding developed unevenly, very much depending on the locations although the coo and humid weather in April had not a very significant impact on slowing down the growth of the vines. Finally all the vines came into bloom at the end of May without any significant coulure or millerandage. At the start of June, frequent rain intensified the pressure of mildew. From mid-June, the weather changed. The whole Bordelais saw a period of very dry weather for two months. However, the earlier accumulation of water reserves prevented water stress. Around July 18 a heat wave began to build up but the cool nighty prevented water stress on the wines again. The veraison started at the end of July and went on till the beginning of August. The heatwave in August accentuated water stress, but shorter rainy episodes avoided a complete block. The dry and sunny weather in September encouraged the grapes maturity and harvest started on September 10 with a rather mild weather. Towards the middle of September, rain prevented the fruits from wilting but as its frequency was quite concerning, the haves was pushed forward. "Le diabolique" is the title given to this vintage by Véronique Sanders. It is a very special French word, which is not correctly translated with “diabolic” in English. In France, the expression means to overcome the devil. And the vintners succeeded. 2020 is clearly a vintner’s vintage which asked a permanent reinvention of the wineries, struggling hard with this difficult vintage. However, the vintage surprises with excellent wines, exemplary freshness and elegance and very dense structure. In former times it was said that the vine has to suffer to make exquisite wines, in this vintage the people have suffered to make a great wine. The first part of notes for this tasting with over 800 wines you will find today. More notes will follow over the coming days.

1m 6d ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Pressac . In a tasting of  185 wines 

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4m 27d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Pressac . In a tasting of  115 wines 

The second part of the arrivage tasting of the 2018 vintage from Bordeaux features a wide array of wines with some great surprises. The quality of the vintage 2018 is fully confirmed with a number of wines performing better than they did before en primeur.

5m 12d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Pressac . In a tasting of  57 wines 

Château Cos d’Estournel 2019 - 65% Cabernet Sauvignon + 35% Merlot, 14% alcohol, 55% new oak. Wow, this is real, real enjoyment for one's senses! I think 2019 here definitively breaks up with old-style Cos and continues with the gentler and more soil character-oriented style which started since 2014 vintage. Max. 27 degrees C during alcoholic fermentation. Excellent presence of cigar box, tobacco-leaf and scent of grilled bacon, so typical aromas for Cabernet Sauvignon here. Extremely refined and sophisticated on the nose and palate, multi-layered with stunning complexity, depth and length. Touch down!! 98-100p.

10m 28d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Pressac . In a tasting of  51 wines 

The wines of the "Association des Saint-Emilion Grand Crus Classés" arrived on May 14 and have been tasted the day after, together with some few samples from other Châteaux. Again a very exciting tasting, confirming the quality of this vintage.

1y 29d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Pressac . In a tasting of  42 wines 

On the occasion of the annual journey of the Commanderies de Bordeaux à Essen et à Stuttgart a tasting of the vintage 2016 has been organized by the members of the Association des Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classés. The tasting was hold at Château La Tour Figeac.

1y 1m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Pressac . In a tasting of  37 wines 

More than 180 wines was tasted from Saint-Emilion during late March and early April this year. With a margin my biggest report to date from here. Saint-Emilion is always heterogeneous as the soils and microclimates are quite varied. Some are on flatter lands, others on the plateau with gently rolling hills in almost all aspects and yet others again are on the quite steep côte, or hill. These make for very different expressions, but also different problems may occur during a year’s growing cycle. The limestone vineyards seem to have done very well. And as for Pomerol where Olivier Berrouet of Petrus said, “The effort this year was to resist the temptation”. Those that did exactly that made some astonishing and refined Saint-Emilions. The temptation being taking too much out of the must. For me, Angelus, Ausone and Valandraud made exquisite wines at the very top of what they have ever done. The first two are graceful, elegant, nuanced and refined, Angelus a bit richer than Ausone. Valandraud shows that as well as a treasure throw of complexity. 2018 as well as 2017 are the two greatest Valandraud’s I’ve tasted to date. If this continues, are we looking at Premier Grand Cru Classé A soon?  At Pavie the fruit was probably the most refined and elegant to date, but the wood was just so incredibly hard, I just hope it will handle it. If it does, it will be a spectacular Pavie.

2y 1m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Pressac . In a tasting of  45 wines 

2017 is a vintage bringing back Bordeaux to its roots, offering a very classic wine style with lower alcohol levels than in the previous years but with often excellent aromatic expression. 2015 and 2016 have surely been better vintages than last year, but based on a first impression 2017 seems to be better than 2014. The evolution will show, that 2017 is far from becoming a "forgotten vintage". Some nice surprises will be waiting for us.

3y 1m ago

 Marie Ahm, Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Pressac . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Lafleur 2013 / Ripe dark nose with plum, roasted hazelnuts, milk chocolate and some menthol. Equally complex on palate with good purity of fruit and layered texture. Firm, yet ripe tannins and juicy acidity. Good length. 91p 

3y 2m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Pressac . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

4y 2m ago

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