The Pessac Leognan (AOC) designation of origin was born in 1987. Located just south - southwest of Bordeaux, on the left bank, Pessac Leognan is one of the most prestigious PDOs in the Bordeaux vineyards and covers 1,610 ha located in 10 municipalities. The Pessac Léognan denomination includes all of the 16 Grands Crus Classes of Graves (1959 classification), and produces around 20% of the Graves wines. 9 Grands Crus Classes produce a white wine (from the Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle grape varieties). The most famous of all the great chateau of Pessac Leognan is the legendary Chateau Haut Brion: however, the estate did not wish to appear in the classification of Pessac Leognan wines for its rare white wine, therefore it is produced under the generic Bordeaux designation! The red wines of Pessac Leognan are blended wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, alongside with secondary varietals: Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (or even Malbec and Carmenere). The soil typology (that of Graves) gave its name to the designation which the Pessac Leognan wines come from. Cabernet Sauvignon grows wonderfully on gravel soils and gives red wines a dark color, a powerful structure and firm tannins. Merlot gives it roundness, fruitiness and suppleness. The great red wines of Pessac Leognan have an excellent reputation, and their ageing potential in the cellar is generally excellent (10 to 30 years). The lighter profile of Pessac Leognan red wines will go perfectly with game, grilled beef or lamb in terms of food and wine pairings.
In the 16 Crus Classes of Pessac Leognan, you will find one the prestigious Chateau Haut Brion (notably the 1st Cru Classes of the classification of the wines of Medoc of 1855), the Château Bouscaut, Carbonnieux, Domaine de Chevalier, Couhins, Couhins-Lurton, Fieuzal, Haut Bailly, Laville Haut Brion, Latour Martillac, Malartic LaGraviere, La Mission Haut Brion, Olivier, Pape Clement, Smith Haut Lafitte and La Tour Haut Brion. Among the best vintages are: 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1990, 1988, 1985, 1978, 1964, 1961, 1959. In the great years of the designation, many of these Château have obtained the impressive rating of 100/100 by Robert Parker. It is therefore undeniable that this appellation produces many extraordinary bottles, sought after by amateurs all around the world. Buying a bottle of Pessac Leognan wine in a great vintage will be a safe bet, because the appellation knows how to seduce the most demanding palates.
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