Pessac Leognan wines - Bordeaux vineyard
Pessac Leognan red
Pessac Leognan are prestigious red wines.
They have a splendid aging potential that rank them among the list of outstanding wines.
The 1350 hectares vineyard stretches at the northern end of the Graves region.
It has, however, been separated from the Graves AOC.
The vines indeed feed from a very exclusive terroir that confers the Pessac Leognan peculiarities similar to those of the Médoc wines.
The Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot grow on gravel.
They produce these fantastic reds renowned for their powerful yet subtle bouquet and their aromas of red fruit, ripe fruit and cocoa.
Pessac Leognan are at their best between 6 and 20 years of age!
The famous Clairet, which was so popular with the English aristocracy when Guyenne (Aquitaine) belonged to England, was produced in the Pessac Leognan region.
Pessac Leognan white
The full to medium bodied Pessac Leognan whites are produced from Sémillon and white Sauvignon.
These grapes give them a balanced structure and fruity and woody aromas.
These wines have a good aging potential and should be drunk between 5 and 15 years of age.
When visiting the vineyard you will come across the fortified Château de la Brède, home to the writer and philosopher Montesquieu (1689-1755), and still owned by his descendants.
Charles de Secondat, Baron de la Brède and Montesquieu, was born in a wealthy family of Bordeaux magistrates; he was the President of the Parliament of Bordeaux.
He spent his summers at la Brède where he looked after his estate and vineyards when he was not writing.
He retreated to Paris during the long winter months.
Photos via Wikimedia Commons: Pessac-Léognan white
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