Its history

Middle Ages The medieval gateway bears witness to the foundation of Château de Pressac during the Middle Ages. Over the centuries that followed, the Château was fortified several times.
1453 The surrender following the French victory at the Battle of Castillon La Bataille, putting an end to the Hundred Years War, took place at Château de Pressac.
Beginning of the Renaissance At this time, Château de Pressac was an important and impressive building, counting no less than 27 towers. Vestiges of some of them still exist today.
Beginning of 18th Century De 1737 à 1747, Vassal de Montviel implantait dans ses vignobles un cépage noble originaire du Quercy : l'Auxerrois. Dans les vignobles alentour, les propriétaires firent de même. Ainsi, le cépage prit le nom de « Noir de Pressac ». Plus tard, le Sieur Malbek le développa dans le Bordelais, et le cépage fut alors appelé « Malbec ».
1775 During the sale of the Château by Sieur d’Anglade to Jean-Marc Constantin, the notary described the château in the following terms: “An old château, part of which has fallen into ruin, heralded by its surrounding moat, peasants’ lodgings, fermentation and maturation cellars and the courtyard, all of which are enclosed within its walls.”
1860 Maximin Joselin bought the estate from the Constantin family and undertook tremendous reconstruction work. He proceeded to renovate both the château and its outbuildings.
20th Century In 1997, Jean-François and Dominique Quenin acquired the property. In fact, they launched major improvements as well as extensions to the vineyards. Above all, re-establishing the cultivation of the vines on the steep slopes of the hillock, the “tertre”, upon which the château is constructed. In days gone by these vineyards were ploughed and tilled by oxen, thus creating narrow terraces following the contour of the land. Furthermore, in 1999, the cellars were redesigned and renovated entirely.
21st Century - GRAND CRU CLASSE EN 2012 It was during Autumn 2012, at the time of the new classification of Saint Emilion, that Château de Pressac was promulgated to the appellation of Grand Cru Classé de Saint Emilion (Classified Great Growth). This classification is supervised by the INAO (National Institute of Origin and of Quality – previously called the National Institute of Appellations of Origin) and requires the presentation of a complete presentation consisting of a case file containing documentation and in depth information about the quality of the wine, the terroir, the viticultural and vinification practices, the maintenance procedures in both the vines and the cellars, the material and equipment in use, etc. Consequently, this prestigious classification rewards and confirms the property’s perpetual efforts to improve the quality of its wine from this specific appellation.