Forming part of the most prestigious northern part of the Graves appellation, this Southern Left Bank appellation (created in 1987), is renowned for both the high quality red and white wines produced on its gravelly soils. Key producers to look out for include the celebrated Château Haut-Brion - considered by many to be one of the finest wines in the world and ranked as a First Growth in the historic 1855 classification of Bordeaux wines. Further star-studded names include La Mission Haut-Brion, Domaine de Chevalier and Le Clarence de Haut-Brion to name but a few.
Key grape varieties planted here are Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for elegant polished reds that are often oak-aged. Although only accounting for around 20% of the appellation’s production, the white wines of Pessac-Léognan have a superb reputation for producing some of the greatest and longest-lived white wines in Bordeaux. White wines are often barrel fermented and made from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. These wines offer a wonderful concentration of citrus and green fruit together with complexity from notes of clove and vanilla, balanced by refreshing acidity and beautiful fullness of body.