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Chateau de Pressac 2016

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JS 95
James Suckling
A very impressive wine for a chateau that’s not so well known. Deep and rich with a ton of elderberry and bitter-chocolate aromas, but still dry and very straight, thanks to the beautiful, fine-grained and lively acidity. A blend of 71 per cent merlot, 16 per cent cabernet franc, nine per cent cabernet sauvignon, two per cent carmenere and two per cent malbec.
V 93
One of the sleepers in Saint-Émilion, Pressac is once again striking in 2016. Big and vertical in feel, with tremendous fruit density, the 2016 has a lot to offer. Inky dark fruit, graphite, menthol, plum and lavender mesh together in this dark, potent wine. The 2016 is wonderfully fresh and also quite structured. Readers will have to be patient, as it will be a few years before all the wine starts to drink well. As always, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Carmenère play an important role in shaping the personality of one of Bordeaux's most unique and intriguing wines. The 2016 spent 18 months in oak, 50% new. Alain Raynaud consults. Tasted three times.
Rating: 93+
D 92
This is a highlight: rich and creamy, it has lovely fresh acidity and good texture. It's well balanced too, with notes of clear menthol, blackcurrant leaf, cinnamon and white pepper. A good quality wine aged in 65% new oak barrels. A 50hl/ha yield of 72% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 2% Carmenère.
JD 91
Jeb Dunnuck
Plenty of bay leaf, forest floor, and spring flower notes emerge from the 2016 Château de Pressac. This beauty has plenty of sweet cassis and black raspberry fruit, medium to full body, nicely integrated tannins, and outstanding purity of fruit. It's not the richest or most concentrated out there, but it's beautifully balanced. It shows more and more minerality with time in the glass and is an impressive, outstanding Saint Emilion from this estate.
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Chateau de Pressac, France
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"Pressac is an old chateau, of which parts have fallen into ruin, and in front of which is a moat, accommodation for farm workers, cellars and a courtyard, all of which are surrounded by walls."

This is how the notary of the time described the Chateau de Pressac at the time of its sale by the Sieur d'Anglade to Jean-Marc Constantin, captain of the regiment of Marmande, in 1775. This description is interesting in so far as it formally proves the existence of a vineyard around the chateau in the 18th century. We also know that this fortified manor house was renovated several times and that it was initially founded in the Middle Ages. Towards the beginning of the Renaissance, it was an imposing building with no less than twenty five towers, some of which remain in existence today as vestiges.

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Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.

St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.

Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.

The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.

Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines, modeled after the Right Bank, are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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