Birth of the Estate
In 1152, Aquitaine fell to the advance of England until 1453 after the remarriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine with Henry Plantagenet, also know as Henry II of England. Therefore, Bordeaux wines benefited from this new market. Bordeaux wine was adopted as a table wine by the kings of England.
The origin of Château de Pic is unclear and is attributed to the family of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola when he visited Guyenne. However, the noble house called «Pic» is mentioned in notary texts back in 1561 as the property of Guillaume Peyrat, Advisor to the Parliament, by which time most of the castle was built. At that time, the main production was “claret”, a clear wine made from a blend of red wine with white wine and intended primarily for English tables.
At the end of the sixteenth century, Château de Pic became a two stairway tower and occupied almost 50 hectares and the majority was devoted to vineyards, as it was in its early stage. Also, like most producers of Bordeaux wines, the production was directed more towards black wine (the equivalent for today’s red wine) under the influence of the Dutch while continuing the production of “claret”.
During the late twentieth century, Château de Pic underwent many improvements, including a complete restoration of the vineyards and buildings, to suit better the needs of modern life.