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Graves-Pessac Leognan

The Graves region spreads over twelve thousand acres from the gates of Bordeaux to the north and upstream to the Garonne to the small town Langon and touches the pine forest in the west. The area prospers from the warm, humid, and mild Bordeaux climate, however, the vineyards on one side lie along the riverside of the Garonne where the vine stocks are exposed to morning mists. The soil composition in this region encompasses gravel terraces with a clay and ferruginous ground. This section of Bordeaux includes the area of Pessac-Leognan.

Pessac-Leognan is located just south of the city of Bordeaux. The soil is composed of gravel terraces with multiple microgeological climates. The region is known for its pine trees which often seperate vineyards. Pessac Leognan received appellation status in 1987 and produces both red and white wines. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant grape varietal followed by Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon.

Bordeaux chateaux in this appellation include:

  • Chateau Haut-Brion
  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion
  • Chateau Laville Haut-Brion
  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafite
  • Chateau Pape Clement
  • Chateau Le Pape
  • Chateau Poumey - La Serenite