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The Wine Society’s Generation Series Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2020

Red Wine from France - Bordeaux
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A fragrant, plummy and satisfying claret from an excellent vintage from member favourite Château de Pitray, this is deliciously ripe and intense, yet with freshness too. Partially aged in French oak barrels, the wine reveals notes of damsons, bitter chocolate and a hint of liquorice on the finish. For more than 40 years we've worked with the de Boigne family and it is a delight to have done so again for this Generation Series wine to celebrate our 150th Anniversary. For more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £15.50 Bottle
Price: £186.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: CB6431

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Merlot
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2031
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, diam

More on the wine

We’ve been shipping the wines of Château de Pitray for over four decades, and we have bought every consecutive vintage for more than twenty years. Vineyards are located in the Castillon region (or Castillon-la-Bataille to give it its full title) which, as the name suggests, was the scene of a battle during the 100 Years War in 1453. The composition of its soils resembles that of neighbouring Saint-Emilion, and the best wines (Pitray included) are made very much in the same mould.

Owner Jean de Boigne is the 23rd generation of the family to run the estate, which has been in the family for over 600 years. He presides over a fairytale style château which dominates the surrounding landscape.

The Generation Castillon is a bespoke wine from the excellent 2020 vintage. The blend, which we put together in the autumn of 2021, is made up of 65% merlot, 30% cabernet franc and 5% malbec, a variety that is increasingly widely planted in the region.

All the merlot element of the wine was aged in French oak barrels, 5% of which were new, with the balance one-year-old barrels. Both cabernet franc and malbec were aged in stainless steel tanks. The wine represents fine value for money and the château is a beacon of consistency, producing appealing merlot-based wines with a strong sense of place.

Key to the success of Pitray, in addition to its fine terroir, is the impressive age of the vineyards. The merlot vines were planted between 1970 and 1974, the cabernet franc between 1964 and 1985, and the malbec in 1985.

Château de Pitray

The majestic estate of Château de Pitray has been in the de Boigne family for 600 years. Situated on the Gardegan plateau in the west of the Dordogne Valley, the property falls under the Côtes de Castillon appellation, but it lies just 8km from the better-known town of Saint-Emilion. Pitray is thought by many to be amongst the finest properties in the appellation.

The château itself has been rebuilt twice, most recently in 1868 when it was built in a wonderful Victorian Gothic style, with a recent £1 million roof sprucing the place up after hail damage. The building is hidden amongst century-old oak and cedar trees at the end of a sweeping drive, with the vineyards planted around the outskirts of the estate to preserve the château’s serenity. Indeed, its builders thought that a view of the vines would be rather vulgar and hid them from sight. However, far from being an elite residence sequestered away, the château is hired out for elaborate cocktail parties and weddings, and some of its rooms are used for a memorable bed-and-breakfast experience. On top of all that, oak trees are now being planted with a view to producing truffles!

Since 2003, the estate has been run by current generation Jean de Boigne. He farms the estate sustainably with the health of the soils, vines and the environment around them uppermost in his mind. The 37 hectares of vineyards are split into 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc, both of which enjoy the clay-limestone soils, and vines have an average...
The majestic estate of Château de Pitray has been in the de Boigne family for 600 years. Situated on the Gardegan plateau in the west of the Dordogne Valley, the property falls under the Côtes de Castillon appellation, but it lies just 8km from the better-known town of Saint-Emilion. Pitray is thought by many to be amongst the finest properties in the appellation.

The château itself has been rebuilt twice, most recently in 1868 when it was built in a wonderful Victorian Gothic style, with a recent £1 million roof sprucing the place up after hail damage. The building is hidden amongst century-old oak and cedar trees at the end of a sweeping drive, with the vineyards planted around the outskirts of the estate to preserve the château’s serenity. Indeed, its builders thought that a view of the vines would be rather vulgar and hid them from sight. However, far from being an elite residence sequestered away, the château is hired out for elaborate cocktail parties and weddings, and some of its rooms are used for a memorable bed-and-breakfast experience. On top of all that, oak trees are now being planted with a view to producing truffles!

Since 2003, the estate has been run by current generation Jean de Boigne. He farms the estate sustainably with the health of the soils, vines and the environment around them uppermost in his mind. The 37 hectares of vineyards are split into 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc, both of which enjoy the clay-limestone soils, and vines have an average age of 29 years.

The cellar produces almost a quarter of a million bottles annually. Each parcel of vines – and there are many – is vinified separately according to its respective character and needs. The merlot undergoes maceration for longer than the cabernet franc, but both are kept at cool temperatures for the duration, retaining the grapes’ natural character and aromas.

The estate’s main wine, Château de Pitray, and also our Society’s Côtes de Bordeaux, are aged in vats, with repeated racking. They then undergo fining with egg whites before blending. Cuvée Madame de Pitray is the result of vineyard and cellar selection of the best grapes, and is often sold en primeur.

The wines have a magnificent propensity to age well, and many assert their quality rivals the famous appellation nearby.
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