Clos Puy Arnaud is a biodynamic Bordeaux estate based in Castillon on the right bank of the river. Thierry Valette is a man steeped in Bordeaux history with his family previously owning Chateau Pavie and Troplong Mondot, the iconic St Emilion estates. Like his forebears, Thierry’s aim is to produce terroir wines from the limestone “asteries” of Castillon. As early as 1874, the Puy Arnaud Cru was cited in the Feret wine reference book “Bordeaux et ses Vins” as being classified as a first growth. In the 1898 edition, it is written: “The Cru Puy Arnaud has 15 hectares situated on the rocky surface of Puy Carpin at the border of Sainte Colombe. Planted with noble grape varieties, cultivated with the utmost care, it produces some of the most sought after wines of the county.” At that time, Puy Arnaud was part of the St Emilion region and was so until the first St Emilion Classification in the 1950s.