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Chateau de Pressac (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020

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JS 94
James Suckling
Blackberry, chocolate, walnut and spice with some hazelnut. It’s medium-to full-bodied with creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. I like the transparency and length to this.
Barrel Sample: 93-94
D 93
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A classic and well-sculpted Pressac in profile, concentrated and juicy with plenty of white pepper and peony floral edging. Tasty and enticiting, pared back but with a punch underneath that steals up on you. This is good, with ripe blueberry and raspberry fruits set against a sharper redcurrant and cranberry finish. A yield of 34hl/ha. 1% Malbec and 2% Carmenere complete the blend.
Barrel Sample: 93
JD 93
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2020 Château De Pressac is another smoking good Saint-Emilion. Lots of purple fruits, violets, and floral notes define the nose, and it’s pure, with well-integrated acidity, medium to full-bodied richness, and considerable elegance. It shows the style of the vintage nicely and is beautifully balanced.
Barrel Sample: 91-93
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Chateau de Pressac

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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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St-Émilion Wine

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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. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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