The grape varieties


The red grape variety of predilection of the region of Libourne, which is perfectly adapted to the clayey limestone (argilo-calcareous) soil, like that of Château de Pressac. Merlot conveys roundness, volume, boldness, plumpness and plenty of fruit to the wine. Upon maturaration the wine offers aromas of undergrowth with a hint of meatiness, and truffle tones. This grape variety tends to be early ripening and therefore is often vintaged before its fellow grapes.


Cabernet Franc

An early ripening variety, which is well adapted to the calcareous soil of Pressac. Cabernet Franc confers finesse and freshness, while at the same time enhancing the aromatic expression of the bouquet of the wine. It is synonymous with long maturing and ageing potential. Well vinified, Cabernet Franc also offers “elegant tannins that are never aggressive.”


Cabernet Sauvignon

The grape variety par excellence for bestowing structure on the wine of Pressac. Cabernet Sauvignon also attributes power, body, tannins to the wine, whilst also providing spicy aromas. Perfectly adapted to the maturing and ageing of the wines of Pressac.



This thick skinned grape variety is without doubt an ancestor of Merlot. Today, it is found mostly in Chile. Carménère is sensitive and prone to the problem of shot berries during the flowering. It is also slow to mature. Both are reasons why this grape variety has almost disappeared from the French vineyards. Nevertheless, its spicy aromatic expression adds a dimension of complexity to the blend of Pressac wines.


Pressac (Malbec)  

Pressac offers deep colour and plenty of it to the wine and provides lovely fruit on the bouquet as well as on the palate. Pressac, as Malbec used to be called in and around Saint Emilion, over time reveals fragrances of tobacco.


Please note the details of the blend of grape varieties of both Château de Pressac and Château Tour de Pressac above or by clicking on the link to each of the wines.