Chateau de Pitray is a legitimate castle exactly in the manner in which you imagine Bordeaux Chateau to be. Despite a quite large property, grapes are carefully tended on a fraction of the grounds.
As 25th Generation Owner, Jean de Boigne, explains it, “The estate has been in my family for more than 600 years now. Before America was discovered, my family was here. My mom’s name is Pitray, and I’m the 25th generation owner of Château Pitray.” His ancestor, Simard de Pitray fought alongside General Lafayette and George Washington.
The prices here are just ridiculously low. As winemaker Jean de Boigne told us about his goals for the future: “It is to take the key of Pitray from my mom and bring it to my kids. I’m not here to make money. I’m here to pass it to the next generation.”
And the other factor is simple real estate. Castillon sits on the same limestone plateau a bit to the south and east of Saint-Émilion. Recent prices on a hectare eighteen thousand Euros. Six kilometers away, ten times that!
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92 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Pitray features bright, expressive wild blueberries, black raspberries and warm plums scents with hints of spice cake and potpourri. Full-bodied, the palate is laden with juicy blue and black fruits, framed by plush tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with beautiful purity.
91 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
This grand chateau on its hillside surveys a 150-acre vineyard. The top wine from the estate, this is mainly wood aged, giving polish as well as perfumed black-currant fruitiness. With its ripe tannins, the wine will easily age. Drink from 2023.
91 Points, Decanter
Well textured, velvety fruits sit on a firm and fresh palate. This is good quality, stretching out in the mouth with tannins that are fully supportive of the project, not getting in the way but cheerleading as the fruit takes its first steps. There is so much to enjoy in the smaller appellations this year. Drinking Window 2022 – 2031
90 Points, James Suckling
A juicy, flavorful red that is delicious now, offering plum, chocolate and berry aromas and flavors. Medium body, firm tannins and a savory finish. Nice acidity, too. Drink or hold.
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