Château de Pressac 2017 : 90
This succeeds within the framework of the vintage, showing firm, brambly black fruits and a perky freshness that manages to feel lively rather than austere – no mean feat with Carménère, Malbec and Cabernet Franc in the blend. It’s in fact a little less broad-shouldered than it has been in recent years, although it doesn’t have as much punch as 2015 or 2016. 50% new oak. There was no frost here, but September rains meant picking took place just a little earlier than ideal. Yield 33hl/ha.
Drinking Window 2024 – 2036