The Pessac-Léognan appellation as a part of the Graves is located south of the Bordeaux city. This appellation is known for its crops of pine trees as well as wine production, and vineyards are often separated by rows of trees. Pessac-Léognan soil is composed of gravel terraces with sediments from different geological ages. In 1987, Pessac-Léognan received appellation status and produces both white and red wines.
Pessac-Léognan appellation red wines are a lovely, bright red color with a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend and perfectly well-balanced and elegant. The dry white wines from this appellation are generally a fairly pale, straw-yellow color.
The young wines are subtle, aromatic, light and fresh. A part of important features of Pessac-Léognan appellation for red wines are as follows:
- Soil: Sandy rock predominantly gravel with varying proportions of clay and sandstone.
- Wine color of Pessac-Léognan (red) is red.
- Aromas: Toasted almonds and resin.
- Taste: Elegant, rich, noble, aromas of ripe fruit, currant, and violet. A wine with body, balanced tannic structure, and a pleasant finish.
- Aging potential: 5 – 10 years.
- Serving temperature: 15 to 17° C
A part of important features of Pessac-Léognan appellation for dry white wine are as follows:
- Soil: Rocks and gravel covered with sandstone, sand, and clay.
- Wine color of Pessac-Léognan is dry white.
- Aromas: Rich and varied with notes of broom blossom, hazelnut, citrus, acacia, beeswax, peach, and nectarine.
- Taste: Complex, refreshing, intense, fruity, with a long, aromatic finish.
- Aging potential: 1 – 10 years.
- Serving temperature: 9 to 12° C