France: Bordeaux

Saint Emilion and area

Saint Emilion, its satellites and Côtes de Castillon and Francs
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 22 March 2010
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The smart entrance of Château de Pressac © Peter Harvey

Château de Pressac

Address: Saint Etienne de Lisse, 33330 Saint Emilion
Tel: 05 57 40 18 02  Fax: 05 57 40 10 07
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 44:53:1N (44.88349)    Longitude: 0:5:24W (-0.09002) 

The location of this château is pretty much perfect; to the east of Saint Emilion, at the highest point of the village of St-Etienne de Lisse, on a limestone plateau and surrounded by steep terraced hillsides. It was at this spot that on 20 July 1453, the English surrendered after the Battle of Castillon. The château has won a silver Best of Wine Tourism award for its parks and gardens, and a gold award for its architecture. Owned by Jean Francois Quenin, who has succeeded Hubert de Bouard as president of the Vins de Saint Emilion, this is a very interesting visit for those interested in the process of improving wine estates. Since Quenin’s purchase of the 42-hectare property in 1997, he has cut new terraces into the hillside, replanted the vines and introduced new grape varieties with Malbec and Carmenère.

Useful information: Visitors welcome for tour and tasting seven days a week, by appointment only between 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00. Cost is €5 for individuals and €6 for groups of 10 and over. Tasting included of two wines (Lalande de Pomerol and Saint Emilion Grand Cru).


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