Producers in Pessac-Léognan, France
Description of Pessac-Léognan:
The commune of Pessac-Léognan, originally known as Graves, was formed in 1987 by several top estates that broke away to establish their own superior appellation. The AOC includes both red and white wines from the communes of Caduajac, Canejan, Gradignan, Leognan, Martillac, Merignac, Pessac, St.-Medard-d’Eyrans, Talence, and Villenave d’Ornon. While Pessac-Leognan’s wine attracts less prestige and attention than the wine of Pauillac or Saint-Julien, the commune is home to some of the most quality-conscious chateâux in Graves.
Dry white Bordeaux, often in and out of vogue, offers a refreshing alternative to the white wine of Burgundy, and ages surprisingly well. Pessac’s reds are less tannic than Pauillac’s or Saint-Julien’s, and though quite approachable in their youth, also possess a keen ability to age with grace. The commune’s greatest wines are redolent with sublime bouquets; damp earth, black olives and chestnuts are all hallmark aromatics of the region.