The property

A terroir near Saint-Emilion

The vine has been planted in this region since ancient times. It was in the 2nd century that the Romans first rooted the initial vines. However, the true viticultural expansion began in the Middle Ages.

In the 13th century, these wines were highly esteemed and shipped in large quantities to England, as Aquitaine was then under English rule.

Overlooked in the 1855 classification established during the Universal Exposition, the wines of the Côtes de Bordeaux now regain their full notoriety. Their outstanding qualities and the wisdom of their prices captivate wine enthusiasts. The surface area of this AOP covers 3000 hectares.

Château Pillebois takes root in the historical terroir of Bordeaux.

Did you know that the last Girondins, Pétion and Buzot, died by suicide just a few hundred meters from the house, a farmhouse at the time – the house dates back to 1766 – shortly before Robespierre himself was arrested in June 1794?

They were hastily buried in the fields at the time (currently vineyards between Fompeyre and Pillebois). A monument by the roadside commemorates this tragic end, and two plots of the estate honor their memory.

Pillebois undoubtedly derives its name from a time when people from St Magne came to gather wood for heating, and where between the farms of Pillebois and Fompeyre, fields and woods intermingled.

For a long time, the property was dedicated to a varied and typically peasant agriculture, that of a traditional farm, including livestock, cereal cultivation, and vineyards.

It was only after the 1950s that Château Pillebois turned towards viticulture.

In 1996, Château Pillebois becomes AOC Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux.

The Fallay d’Este family is currently at the helm of Château Pillebois, with Philippe leading the way as the owner-operator.

For 25 years, he aspired to be intimately involved in the world of wine, perhaps even harboring the secret desire to create it. After serving in financial management and various consulting firms in the Parisian region, the longing for a major career shift matured.

With all the conditions in place, the opportunity to acquire Château Pillebois arose in 2019.

Surface : 7 Ha

Grape Varieties :
Mainly Merlot 55% and
Cabernet Sauvignon 30%

Terroir :
Gravelly-siliceous soil

Age of Vines :
Ranging from young to
50 years old