The A.O.C Pessac-Léognan was created almost 35 years ago, by decree of September 9, 1987, legitimized by the National Institute of Appellations of Origin (INAO), under the leadership of Mr. André Lurton.
Following this strong official recognition, the Syndicat Viticole de Pessac-Léognan has pursued and continues to pursue its vital objectives, namely: the representation of producers as well as the defense of the general and moral interests of this region and the promotion of the wines of the Appellation Pessac-Léognan, in France and abroad.
Since April 2022, Mr Jacques Lurton (one of André’s sons), has been President of the Syndicate, succeeding Mr. Philibert Perrin (Châteaux Carbonnieux).
The wines and grape varieties in the A.OC
This A.O.C is reserved to still wines, both red and white ones.
List of grape varieties authorised to produce Great Wines of this A.O.C: – red varieties: Cabernet-sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet franc, Petit verdot, Malbec (Côt) and Carmenère – white wines: Sauvignon, Sémillon and Muscadelle.
The production area extends over 10 municipalities: Cadaujac, Canéjan, Gradignan, Léognan, Martillac, Mérignac, Pessac, Saint-Médard-d’Eyrans, Talence and Villenave-d’Ornon.
The Crus Classés
The A.O.C counts 16 Crus Classés de Graves: 7 red wines, 3 white wines and six Crus Classés, red and white wines. Château Haut-Brion is the only Premier Cru Classé of 1855 not from the Médoc area..
The 15 others Crus Classés: Château Bouscaut, Château Carbonnieux, Château Couhins, Château Couhins Lurton, Château Fieuzal, Château Haut-Bailly, Château La Mission Haut Brion, Château La Tour Haut Brion, Château Latour Martillac, Château Laville Haut Brion, Château Malartic Lagravière, Château Olivier, Château Pape Clément, Château Smith Haut Lafitte and Domaine de Chevalier.
Read my articles published:
Château La Louvière: in English: https://french-wine-love.com/2022/07/16/chateau-la-louviere-in-pessac-leognan/
Château Luchey-Halde: in English: https://french-wine-love.com/2022/07/18/chateau-luchey-halde-appellation-pessac-leognan-in-bordeaux/ in French http://french-wine-love.com/2022/06/11/chateau-luchey-halde-appellation-pessac-leognan/
I wish you beautiful walks and tastings in the A.O.C Pessac-Léognane vous souhaite de belles balades et dégustations dans l’A.O.C Pessac-Léognan
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