The History of Puisseguin

The name ‘Puisseguin’ comes from the word ‘puy’, meaning “mount” or “hill”, and from Lord Seguin, a lieutenant of Charlemagne who chose the strategic location to settle and build an imposing castle.

The history of the town is rich and eventful, and a splendid feudal castle, the XVIth century Château Monbadon, is open for visits.

Puisseguin is one of the highest areas in the Gironde region.

The town is located to the northeast of Saint-Emilion, overlooking the Barbanne valley. Its southern exposure is exceptional, as well as its clay-limestone soil. Also present are certain zones of gravelly alluvial deposit. The microclimate brings mild winters, hot summers and sunny conditions in spring and fall.

The exceptional conditions at the vineyard allow the grapes to be picked when they have fully ripened.

The reputation of Puisseguin stems from its location, opposite the famous Saint Emilion plateau, and from its Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée * obtained in 1936.

*”Appellation of Controlled Origin as specified under French law. The AOC laws specify and delimit the geography from which a particular wine may originate and methods by which it may be made.” – Wikipedia

 

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