graves pessac leognan

Graves AOC Pessac-Léognan AOC

Location: Left Bank

Annual Production: 22.2 million bottles

Renowned For: The gravelly soil from which the appellation derives its name and for producing equally good white Bordeaux wines.

Big Names: Château Villa Bel Air Château Haut-Brion, Domaine de Chevalier

Notes: Located south of the city of Bordeaux, Graves was, the ascent of the Médoc in the 18th century, Graves was considered the best wine region in all of Bordeaux, today its Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wines are still much sought after. A Northern sub-region of Graves, Pessac-Léognan is one of the most interesting Bordeaux appellations. Its rich, savoury clarets are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon based, however a greater proportion of Merlot is typically used compared with the appellations of the Médoc.

Renowned For: Being home to the only château in the 1855 Official Bordeaux Classification from outside the Médoc (Château Haut-Brion).

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