Château de Pressac: Tasting & Drinking

Today Jean-François Quenin is a respected figurehead within Bordeaux, having been elected to numerous responsible positions. I suspect his keen business acumen and likable character contributed to his being able to assume these roles. He was elected president of the Conseil des Vins de St Emilion for seven years, only stepping down in May 2014, while he has continued to be president of the Union des Syndicats for St Emilion, Pomerol and Fronsac union, and will remain so until 2016, and he has also been vice-president of La Fédération des Grands Vins de Bordeaux. It suggests, especially when we consider all he has undertaken at Château de Pressac, an admirable work ethic.

Château de Pressac

As for the wine, I personally found those I tasted with Jean-François to be delicious. The house style seems to feature a quite lovely, savoury, strongly black-fruited style, the savoury elements coming in as little suggestions of black olive or roasted herbs. In this they remind me a little of both Château Valandraud and Château Fleur Cardinale, both near neighbours. The three wines are completely different in terms of style, texture and extraction, but this flavour character runs through them. I wonder if there is something about this particular section of the côtes that engenders this?

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