Chateau de Pressac St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide


Learn everything about Chateau de Pressac St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, the history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau de Pressac History, Overview

The history of what we know of Chateau de Pressac today started several hundred years ago, during the Medieval time period. At first, the property was used as a fortress.

In 1453, following the Battle of Castillon which ended the Hundred Years War, the official treaties were signed at Chateau de Pressac. At the time, the estate was a castle, complete with a moat and drawbridge, which is where the design for the modern-day chateau took its inspiration from. As you can see, there is a lot of history connected to this vineyard.

As a working vineyard in St. Emilion, Chateau de Pressac dates back to at least 1737 when the owner at the time began planting a popular grape called Auxerrois. In time the name of the grape was grape changed to Pressac. Pressac was better known by its complete formal name for the variety at the time, Noir de Pressac.

During those days, Pressac, was a popular grape for the Bordeaux appellation, especially in the Right Bank. In time, the grape once again changed names Malbec. Of course, Chateau Pressac took its name from the original French term for Malbec, the grape that was planted at the estate in its formative years.

Chateau de Pressac the Modern Era

Jean Francois Quenin purchased Chateau de Pressac in 1997. Because the vineyards were allowed to become dilapidated by the previous owner, Jean-Francois Quenin was forced to replant the majority of the vineyard. He also invested a large sum of money in rebuilding and modernizing their winemaking facilities.

Jean Francois Quenin changed how the grapes were harvested, moving from machine picking to manual harvesting. All this work is really starting to pay off as the wines have continued improving year, after year. 2015 and 2016 are both, strong, top-level vintages for Chateau Pressac.

2012 depressac harvest

The complete renovation allows Chateau de Pressac to vinify on a parcel by parcel basis, as the estate now has one vat per parcel. At Chateau de Pressac, they use a system of cube-shaped, cement vats for the vinification.

The 10, cube-shaped vats range in size from 45, 50, and 60 hectoliters. Now, everything is moved by gravity in the cellars. The renovation included a new barrel room too.

To aid in sorting, Chateau de Pressac began using optical sorting in 2009, and in time for the 2012 Bordeaux vintage, they added the new Oscillys destemmer, vertical presses, and a peristaltic pump.

Chateau de Pressac strives to remain technologically up to date. They are currently using robots for the cap punching. Robots in Saint Emilion! Who said Bordeaux was behind the times?

Aside from being the owner of a classified Saint Emilion estate, Jean Francois Quenin, is one of the busier people in the Right Bank wine world today. Not only is he the President of the Union of Saint Emilion, Pomerol, and Fronsac, he’s President of the St. Emilion Wine Council and if that wasn’t enough, he’s also the Vice President of the Cercle de Rive Droite!

Chateau de Pressac Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 42 hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Chateau de Pressac is planted to 69% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Malbec, 1.5% Carmenere, and 1% Malbec.

The terroir is split into two separate soil types, which can be further divided into 3 distinct blocks. On the plateau, you find more limestone. On the slopes, there is a stronger concentration of clay with limestone soil.

The vineyard is planted to a vine density ranging from 5,500 to 6,000 vines per hectare. The vineyard is located in the Saint Etienne de Lisse commune, not far from Valandraud, Chateau Faugeres and Chateau Fleur Cardinale.

Chateau de Pressac is vinified in cube shaped, concrete vats. Everything in the cellar is moved by gravity. The wine is aged in 65% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months before bottling.

The Best vintages of Chateau de Pressac are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2001, 2000 and 1998. It should be noted that starting with 2016, the wines here have really improved!

There is a second wine, Chateau Tour de Pressac. A small amount of wine is also used for a new, third wine on occasion. On average, Chateau de Pressac produces between 8,000 and 12,000 cases of St. Emilion wine per vintage.

When to Drink Chateau de Pressac, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau de Pressac is better with at least 4-6 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.

Chateau de Pressac is best enjoyed in the first 5-21 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour to 90 minutes. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau de Pressac with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau de Pressac is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau de Pressac is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau de Pressac is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, pasta, and a wide variety of both hard and soft cheese.

Château de Pressac Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Elegant, floral and smoky, the wine is medium-bodied, lifted and loaded with sweet, juicy, silky plums, licorice, spice, cherry liqueur and mesquite. The finish is long, fresh and refined with layers of creamy wild cherries and black raspberries in the endnote. 93-95 Pts

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2019 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Energetic, fresh, silky and refined, the wine blends sweet red fruits, espresso, touches of cocoa, licorice, flowers and a refined, medium-bodied character. Everything is in place to offer close to 2 decades of elegant drinking. Drink from 2023-2035. 93 Points

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Fresh, juicy, soft and polished, the wine is medium-bodied, supple and elegantly styled. The plums are fresh and the sweet cherries are even fresher. The licorice and espresso accents add to the fun. The finish, with its freshness and dark chocolate covered, lifted red fruits resonates. 92-94 Pts

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2019 Château Tour de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Medium-bodied, forward, fruity and fresh this is perfect for near-term drinking for all of its sweet, red berry character. Drink from 2022-2027. 87 Points

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2018 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

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. One of the few Bordeaux wines using all five allowable grape varieties, blending 74% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Carmenere and 1% Malbec. 94 Points

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Medium/full-bodied, you'll find, smoke, licorice, espresso and plum in the nose. The wine is elegant, energetic, soft and polished with sweet, red fruits and silky textures. One of the few Bordeaux wines to use all five allowable grape varieties, the wine blends, 74% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Carmenere and 1% Malbec. 92-94 Pts

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2018 Château Tour de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Medium-bodied, fruity and fresh, with soft, earthy sweet red cherries, plum and licorice in its core. This is perfect for early drinking pleasure. 87 Points

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2017 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Spice, underbrush, licorice and red fruits create the aromatic profile. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, soft, bright and fresh. There is a fiery vivacity to the red fruit. With a fitting depth of color, this wine offers extra polish. One of the 92 Points

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2016 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

The spicy note adds complexity to the licorice, vanilla, wild cherry and smoke in the nose. The wine is silky, soft, polished sweet and uplifted, with loads of elegant, polished, sweet, perfectly ripe red pit fruits in the finish. 94 Points

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Deep in color, the wine has flesh with rich, dark fruits, silky textures and polished tannins. There is length and character in the finish. This is the best wine yet from de Pressac. 94 Points

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2015 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Soft, fresh and silky, this is sweet, elegant, fruity and medium bodied. You find earthy, pure refined, red fruits with a finish that feels as good as it tastes, with all its red berries, spice, earth, smoke and cherries. 93 Points

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Elegance and silk are the hallmarks of this beauty. The wine shows its earthy, pure, refined, red fruits with little effort. The finish feels as good as it tastes, with all its fresh, ripe, red berries, spice, earth, smoke and cherries. 93 Points

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Medium bodied and focused on its elegant, pure, earthy, spicy nature, the wine is soft, silky, clean and fresh, dark, red fruit nature. 92 Points

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With a good depth of color, this wine shows more polish and depth than usual. Ripe, dark, juicy, sweet plums and licorice at its core, this ends with freshness and a silky mouth feel. 92 Points

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2014 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Smoky cherries and cocoa with silky, smooth textures, this wine is medium bodied with a cherry-coated, licorice finish. 90-91 Pts

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2013 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Floral and light red berry aromas move to a medium-bodied, open, easy-to-drink, cherry-filled character. This will be best to drink on the young side. 87-89 Pts

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2012 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Opening with fresh earth, herbs, licorice, espresso and ripe, soft plums, the wine is medium bodied and silky smooth with a sweet, plummy finish. 90 Points

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Earthy, spicy, oaky, medium-bodied with red plums and cherries. 88-90 Pts

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2011 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Earthy, leafy, polished and soft, this medium bodied, red berry filled wine is best for near term drinking. 89 Points

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Oak, stone, coffee and black raspberry scents, medium body and a red berry jam finish are found in this wine. 87-89 Pts

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2010 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

A nice early drinking, medium bodied, easy to like Right Bank wine with an open, soft, forward personality, black cherry, earth, fennel and coffee bean nose that ends with a clean, fresh, black cherry finish. 90 Points

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2009 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Filled with earth, plums, cherries and fennel, this medium bodied, round textured, value wine from St. Emilion will deliver pleasure on release. Interestingly, this is one of the few Bordeaux wines to utilize the talents of two consultants, Hubert de Bouard and Alain Raynaud. 89 Points

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2008 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Surprisingly light in color and fruit, this forward, medium bodied, refined, spicy, red berry dominated wine is already showing what it has to offer. This is not a wine for aging. Instead, it is an easy drinking, soft textured, pleasant wine for current consumption. 87 Points

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2006 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Fully mature, better on the earthy, truffle, tobacco and plum palate than on the medium-bodied, firm, slightly stoic, currant and tobacco-stained palate. 88 Points

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2005 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Starting to drink quite well at 10 years of age, the wine has developed nicely. The earthy, truffle laden nose is made even better with its ripe, sweet, black raspberries and dark cherry notes. The soft, smooth finish ends with fresh, juicy plums, cherries and licorice. This has room for further evolution. 91 Points

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