7 Things You Need To Know About Pessac-Léognan

7 Things You Need To Know About Pessac-Léognan

If you’ve ever perused the Bordeaux section of your local wine retailer, you may have noticed wine bottles like the ones labelled above. The name listed below the vintage year indicates the wine’s appellation or AOC. The AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) certification dates back to the early 1400′s and is granted to geographical regions that adhere to standards and quality for goods such as wine and cheese. Pessac-Léognan is an appellation of the Bordeaux wine region. This indicates wines that are exclusively grown and produced in AOC Pessac-Léognan.1. Pessac-Léognan is located north of the Graves appellation, left of the Gironde and just south of the city of Bordeaux.2. Pessac-Léognan was originally part of the Graves appellation, but gained its own classification in 1987.3. Like …

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If you’ve ever perused the Bordeaux section of your local wine retailer, you may have noticed wine bottles like the ones labelled above. The name listed below the vintage year indicates the wine’s appellation or AOC. The AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) certification dates back to the early 1400′s and is granted to geographical regions that adhere to standards and quality for goods such as wine and cheese. Pessac-Léognan is an appellation of the Bordeaux wine region. This indicates wines that are exclusively grown and produced in AOC Pessac-Léognan.

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1. Pessac-Léognan is located north of the Graves appellation, left of the Gironde and just south of the city of Bordeaux.

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2. Pessac-Léognan was originally part of the Graves appellation, but gained its own classification in 1987.

3. Like the AOC to which Pessac-Léognan once belonged, the region’s soil consists of mainly gravel mixed with a bit of sand.

4. The terroir produces beautiful Merlots. As such, the appellation is famous for its luscious reds which are predominantly Merlot in blend.

5. The region covers over 1,350 hectares and produces about 9,000 bottles of wine each year.

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6. Pessac-Léognan is home to the oldest estate of Bordeaux, Château Pape Clément, gifted to Pope Clement V in 1306. The 2013 harvest was the Chateau’s 707th vintage.

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7. The appellation is also home to Château Haut-Brion, the only Premier Cru Classé not based in the Médoc.

If you want a taste of the region, here are our recommendations:

Château Coquillas 2010 ($30-$39) Tastes of plum and raspberry. This fruity, full bodied red pairs perfectly with pizza and Munster cheese.

Château de Cruzeau 2010 ($20-$29) Hints of tobacco, cherry and plum makes this the perfect complement to veal and lamb dishes.

Château de Rochemorin 2010 ($30-$39) Smooth, smokey and a hint of mint. Try pairing this with a red fruit tart.

Château Haut-Vigneau 2011 ($10-$19) An award winning, earthy, silky wine that goes well with cured pork.

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