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Pessac-Léognan (France)

Pessac-Léognan is a white wine from Bordeaux in France.

Typical Flavors


Lime
Lime
Grapefruit
Grapefruit
Gooseberry
Gooseberry
Honey
Honey

Flowers
Flowers
Herbs
Herbs
Grass
Grass
Chalk
Chalk

Lime, Grapefruit, and Gooseberry are common flavors for Pessac-Léognan.

Notes of Herbs, Grass, and a hint of Flint.

Profile

Pessac-Léognan is more floral and less herbal than Sauvignon Blanc.

SUGARDry
BODYMedium - Light
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
Unoaked 8-10°C (46-50°F)
Oaked 12-14°C (54-57°F)

Food Pairing


Aperitif
Aperitif

Fish
Fish
Crab
Seafood
Pasta
Pasta
Vegetables
Vegetables

Pessac-Léognan is perfect for a wide variety of dishes.

Citrus aromas along with herbs, spices, and salty mineras, also makes it perfect for rich seafood dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
White Fish with Lemon and Green Herbs.
Salmon. Sushi. Sashimi.
Roast Chicken. Roasted Pork.
Asian Cuisine.
Chicken Tikka Masala.
Chilli Tomato Pasta.

Green Herbs:
Parsley. Basil. Thyme.
Vegetables:
Asparagus. Avocado. Cucumber.

Cheese:
Soft Cheese. Goat Cheese. Feta. Robiola.

Rich Pessac-Léognan


Apple
Apple
Pear
Pear
Orange Zest
Orange Zest
Fig
Fig

Flowers
Flowers
Ginger
Ginger
Butter
Butter
Minerals
Flint

Rich Pessac-Léognan tends to be have more Semillon, which offers a richer taste than Sauvignon Blanc. Expect more yellow fruit, and more oily flavors.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Lobster with Garlic, Butter,or Wine Sauce.
French Onion Soup.
Duck. Roast Pork.
Veal Chops with Creamy Sauce.
Thai and Soy Sauce dishes.

The Ideal Glass

A Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for dry white wines.

It guides the wine to the center of your mouth, avoiding the sides, where acidity is less pleasant.

A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold.

Remember to hold the glass by the stem!

About Pessac-Léognan

Pessac-Léognan is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (main grape), Semillon and Muscadelle.

It is believed that Sauvignon Blanc originates from Bordaux in France.

Pessac-Léognan has big fruit flavors. It is more floral and less herbal than a pure Sauvignon Blanc. The acidity is not as high as a Sauvignot Blanc from Pouilly-Fumé, and the flavor is not as tropical as New World Sauvignon Blanc.

Crus Classés de Graves
(Pessac-Léognan AOC)

The Graves wine classification of 1959 covers 13 red wines and 10 white wines from 16 châteaux in Bordeaux's Graves region.

In 1987 Pessac-Léognan AOC was created with all the 16 châteaux belonging to the new AOC.

Red Wines
Crus Classés de Graves
(Pessac-Léognan AOC)

Château Bouscaut
Château Carbonnieux
Château de Fieuzal
Château Haut-Bailly
Château Haut-Brion (also Premier Cru Classé 1855)
Château La Mission-Haut-Brion
Château La Tour-Haut-Brion
Château Latour-Martillac
Château Malartic-Lagravière
Château Olivier
Château Pape-Clément
Château Smith-Haut-Lafite
Domaine de Chevalier

White Wines
Grand Cru Classe de Graves
(Pessac-Léognan AOC)

Château Bouscaut Blanc
Château Carbonnieux Blanc
Château Couhins
Château Couhins-Lurton
Château Haut-Brion Blanc
Château Latour-Martillac Blanc
Château Laville-Haut-Brion
Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc
Château Olivier Blanc
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc

Bordeaux Wine Region

Bordeaux in Southwest France is the most famous wine region in the world.

France

The river Gironde splits the area in the famous Left Bank (Southwest) and the Right Bank (Northeast) where the two famous, but very different, Bordeaux Blends are produced.

On the Left Bank, Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary grape.

On the Right Bank, Merlot is the primary grape.

Bordeaux is dominated by red wine. Nearly 90% of all Bordeaux wine is red.

The most planted grape is Merlot, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon.

Red Grapes

66% Merlot
23% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Cabernet Franc
  2% Malbec
  1% Petit Verdot

White Grapes

47% Sémillon
45% Sauvignon Blanc
  5% Muscadelle


Bordeaux Left Bank

On the Left Bank, Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary grape.

A typical top-quality "Bordeaux Blend" consists of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Merlot.

Left Bank wines are often spicy with bold tannins and are good candidates for aging.

The terroir is rocky, with gravel (stones) and some limestone.

In the wine world, this bad soil means good wine because the more the roots have to struggle, the better the quality. Rocky soils and hillsides give a good drainage (too much water gives a watery berry).

Famous appellations are:

  • Haut-Médoc
  • Margaux (Château Margaux)
  • St.Estephe
  • St.Julien
  • Pauillac (Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Latour)
  • Pessac Leognan (Château Haut-Brion)
Few chateaux with many hectars (50-80ha average).

Flavors:

Young: Spices. Earth. Tobacco.

Aged: Leather. Smoke. Truffle. Herbs. Cigar box.

Bordeaux Right Bank

On the Right Bank, Merlot is the primary grape.

A typical Right Bank blend consists of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Right Bank wines are also bold, but smoother, with softer tannins and typical Merlot fruity flavors. They can age, but are more "drink me soon" style.

The terroir on the right bank is less difficult, with less gravel and more clay and limestone.

Famous appellations are:

  • St. Emilion (Cheval Blanc)
  • Pomerol (Petrus)
Many small chateaux with few hectars (30 average).

Flavors:

Young: Black Cherry. Red Plum. Flowers. Chocolate. Licorice.

Aged: Earth. Truffle. Dark Chocolate. Tobacco.

White Bordeaux

White Bordeaux uses Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion as primary grapes.

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