wine doctor chris kissack
Château de Pressac 2017: 92-94/100
From the eastern plateau, its vines on favoured slopes, a number of which are terraced, in 2017 this is a unique blend of 74% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Carmenère and 1% Malbec, known locally as Pressac of course, and long associated with this château, which has been revitalised in recent years. I find a nose of black plum and sweet fruitcake here, primary, classic and charming, with a little creamed concentration, and an icing sugar sweetness. The palate feels more taut and finely grained than I expected from the nose, with a wealth of sweet fruit, very cleanly defined, albeit dark to the point where it feels grilled and wrapped in toast. It is fresh, pure, intense, dark and concentrated, underpinned by very firm, thrusting and slightly bitter tannins, nevertheless this does have nice potential. Impressive. Tasted twice.