The Cru de Puy Arnaud is mentioned in the year1874 in the book "Bordeaux et ses Vins" by Ch.Cocks published by Féret. His wines are classified as first growth.
In the 1898 edition of the same book, it is written: "The Puy Arnaud Cru is composed of 15 ha located on the rocks of Puy Carpin on the borders of Sainte Colombe. Complemented in fine grape varieties, cultivated with the most perfect care, it produces one of the most sought-after wines of the country”. At this time, Puy Arnaud was part of the Saint-Emilion appellation.
This state of affairs will continue until the first classification of Saint Emilion in the 1950s. Note also that at the time of classification of the Cru Bourgeois Bourgeois in the 1930s, there were thirty Crus Bourgeois on the current Castillon and Franc / Côtes de Bordeaux terroir.
Asteria limestones are predominant in the terroir of Puy Arnaud (100% of plots in the municipality of Belvès). They bring a lot of finesse, freshness and minerality to the grapes and allow a bouquet, worthy of the "great terroirs" (floral, spices, truffle), to be put in place little by little during the first 10 years of aging in the bottle.
The parcels located in the Castillon appellation are partly calcareous to Asteria / Castillon limestone and partly to Tuff or Tuff scree. These soils give more tannic power with an aromatic expression of red fruits and black fruits. 85% of the surfaces are on calcareous plateaus, 15% on coasts and near the coast.