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Chateau de Pressac 2018 Saint Émilion Grand Cru Classée


Appellation | Saint Émilion Grand Cru Classée

GrapeMerlot : 68 % Cabernet Franc 11 % ; Cabernet Sauvignon 13 % Malbec (Noir de Pressac)  6 % Carménère  2 %

Ageing | 20 months including 18 months in barrels (50% new)

Tasting Notes Floral and spicy, with a dash of spearmint, licorice, black cherries and smoke on the nose. The wine is elegant, fresh, medium/full-bodied, soft and silky, with an inviting finish of sweet, ripe, plums, cherry and black raspberry

Pairing | With it's fine tanins, we encourage pairing it with grilled chicken, of a mushroom risotto. 

Drinking | Can enjoy it now, but ideally wait until 2025 - 2045. 

Critic Notes / Awards |  Jeff Leve 94/100, Wine Enthusiast 93/100 CellarTracker 92/100


It was at the Château de Pressac that the surrender treaty for the Battle of Castillon was signed on July 20, 1453, ending the Hundred Years' War. More than five centuries later, in 1997, Jean-François and Dominique Quenin bought this fortified castle in poor condition, which had no fewer than 27 Renaissance towers. They undertook major renovation and improvement works both at the chateau and in the vineyard and cellars. The reward is at the end since in 2012, the Château de Pressac displays the classification of the grand cru classé of Saint-Émilion.

Soils: Limestone plateau and clay-limestone hillsides

Farming: Harvest by hand

Vines: On average 35 years of age

Summary 2018 season ; After a difficult spring (hot and humid), the summer was superb: hot, dry and sunny.
The beautiful autumn made it possible to choose the date of the harvest with precision.
The limestone and clay-limestone soils (like those of the Château de Pressac) have made it possible to preserve
the freshness necessary for the regular ripening of the grapes.
This resulted in a very fine vintage at Château de Pressac.