Château Peyrelongue has been going through history for over two centuries. Derived from the local dialect, its name refers to the “Pierre Longue” which stood at the entrance to the property, at the crossroads. Menhirs marked out the pilgrimage routes to Saint Jacques de Compostela over the centuries.
Located at the foot of the Saint Emilion hillside, Château Peyrelongue has been a family property for more than two centuries. After passing the torch from one family to another, in 2015 we had the chance to cultivate its vines, the oldest of which are nearly 60 years old.
The property covers 8.5 ha, including 6 ha of Merlot, 1.5 ha of Cabernet Franc and 1 ha of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The flagship grape of the Right Bank of Bordeaux, Merlot brings fruit and charm to our wines. Cabernet Franc gives spicy wines of great finesse, Cabernet Sauvignon brings structure and freshness. It is the blend of these three grape varieties that gives our wines its typicity.
The sandy terroir typical of the “pied de coasts” of the Saint-Emilion wine-growing area is based on a subsoil of clay and iron filth in which the roots plunge to great depth.
Every day, from pruning to harvest, we pay particular attention to the work carried out in the vines, because it is there that great wines are born. Attentive to the development of the plant, we reason the method of pruning, the inputs of manure, the treatments necessary to help it fight its main enemies such as downy mildew and cluster worms, green work (suckering, lifting and lifting , stripping). At each stage, we try to move towards the balance of the vines in their terroir, a guarantee of the quality of the grapes harvested each year.
Our vines are harvested mechanically and then the grapes are hand-sorted on arrival at the cellar. Our wines are vinified manually in our recently modernized traditional cellar, in concrete or stainless steel tanks. They are then aged in vats or barrels depending on the vintage before being bottled at the property.
The wine from our vines can be produced in AOC Saint-Emilion and AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.
To produce an AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru wine, the conditions are more restrictive, in particular requiring the wine to be aged for at least 18 months before bottling. We use this time to age our Château Peyrelongue in French oak barrels for 12 months. The wine is then assembled in vats and prepared for bottling which takes place in spring. Since the 2016 vintage, we have also produced a cuvée vinified and aged for 20 months in new oak barrels: L'Etoile. This wine combines the charm of fruit and the concentration of matter.
Our AOC Saint Emilion Château Peyrelongue Le Flambeau wine is vinified and aged in vats to keep its freshness and fruity aromas.
The annual yields authorized by decree are around 55 hl / ha in AOC Saint-Emilion and 50 hl / ha in AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, this is how we can produce each year, depending on weather conditions, around 50,000 bottles of wine.
A true open-air museum, the village of Saint Emilion welcomes around one million visitors each year; wine lovers, history buffs and curious people.
Located in the heart of the Libourne country, 40 kilometers from Bordeaux, the medieval city is full of various riches.
Founded in the 13th century around the hermitage of a monk named Emilion, the city has gone through turbulent times, from the Moorish invasions to the French Revolution.
Among the events of history, the Hundred Years War, the last battle of which took place in 1453 a few kilometers away, near the village of Castillon, making the Duchy of Aquitaine French under English domination for more than a century; and the religious wars opposing the Protestants of Dordogne and the Catholics of Bordeaux in this valley where Michel de Montaigne was born, who gave his name to the village where he lived.