AOC Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
The history of the Pitray family is a page-turner of military prowess, revolutionary fervour and international intrigue peppered with some of the greatest names in French culture and always underpinned by the presence of great wine. The château itself is a nineteenth-century neo-gothic rebuild of a sixteenth-century manor house and is one of the most impressive buildings in the whole Bordeaux region, soaring four storeys over a park of towering plane trees.
Jean de Boigne, grandson of the Vicomte de Pitray, runs the estate and continues to strengthen both the winemaking and the sales side. He continues the work of his grandfather who, from the 1960’s to the 1980’s, modernised the vineyard and worked to develop international sales. In their turn Jean’s parents have left their mark on the history of Pitray’s wines, being the first to age in oak barrels and the last to sell bulk wines to négociants, preferring to bottle everything under the family name and develop the brand.
The vineyard has been at the heart of the estate since the fifteenth century and at one point spread over 300 hectares. In more recent times it had diminished to just under 40 hectares, but Jean has just secured an agreement to bring back under his control another 30 which were sold off almost 500 years ago, so that the current estate is the same as in the mid-sixteenth century.
Our association goes back some time too, to the early 1990’s when Jean spent a while gaining work experience in one of London’s better wine merchant companies, and it is a pleasure to be able to work once again with Château de Pitray on certain markets.
|Château de Pitray, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, 2014|
|Château de Pitray, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, 2015|
|Madame, Château de Pitray, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, 2015|