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Pessac-Léognan (and Graves)

Neither left bank nor right, and with many of its finest vineyards now totally surrounded by suburban sprawl, the Pessac-Leognan and Graves producers enjoy far less of a profile than their colleagues to the north-west or east.haut-brion-vines-2.jpg

Despite being Bordeaux's first region or area planted, rising to prominence in the 17th century, even by the mid 19th century the area was overshadowed by the Medoc, with Chateau Haut-Brion the only property outside the Medoc included in the seminal 1855 Classification.  The Pessac appellation, in which all of the best producers are located, was created in 1987.  

The renowned gravel soils produce wines that are distinctive and unique to Bordeaux, with very fragrant, profound bouquets of minerals, tobacco and earth, and supple, lithe and [relatively] light bodies.

It is worth noting that this region is nearly as renowned for it's white wines (Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle blends) as its reds, and of the 16 Chateaux classified in its 1959 Classification (for the larger Graves region that encompasses Pessac) 13 are for reds and nine are classified for their white production (with obviously a degree of overlap).

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