France: Bordeaux

Pessac-Léognan

Easy reach from the city of Bordeaux - and truly excellent wines
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 12 May 2010
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Main grape varieties

Red

Cabernet Sauvignon
The most important grape for the wines of Pessac-Léognan. It can be difficult to ripen on cooler, damper soils and thrives on well-drained warm gravel soils.

Merlot
Produces supple wines that develop earlier and complements Cabernet Sauvignon in the red wine blends.

Cabernet Franc
Often called Bouchet it is a lighter and less intense version of Cabernet Sauvignon, this grape gives the wines finesse.


White

Sauvignon Blanc
Dominant grape for the best dry white wines in the Pessac-Léognan.

Sémillon
Blended with Sauvignon Blanc, adds richness, structure and aging potential to dry whites.


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