Birthplace of the Bordeaux vineyard.
In September 1987, the PESSAC-LEOGNAN appellation was born on the ancient land of the GRAVES DE BORDEAUX, once known as the « Provost's Banlieue ».
Not only is this area the birthplace of the Bordeaux vineyard which sprung up around the port over 2,000 years ago, but it also gave rise to the « New French Claret » - modern BORDEAUX - on the slopes of Haut-Brion.
This famous growth is today the leading light of the GRAVES Classed Growths which are all to be found in the PESSAC-LEOGNAN appellation area. It is the pace-setter for the 60 châteaux and domains which make up the appellation.
Because of its geographical position around the town of Bordeaux, the appellation's vineyard area has been diminished over the last 100 years. There is a constant battle against urbanisation to preserve this high value wine-producing land.
In the last 15 years, the PESSAC-LEOGNAN appellation area has made a spectacular leap from 500 hectares in 1975 to 1,300 today, thanks to the dynamism and devotion of the producers.
Its highly selective annual production is of the order of 60,000 hectolitres, that is to say nearly 8 million bottles (80 % red, 20 % white). 75 % is exported. All the wines are château bottled and the majority are sold by the major Bordeaux wine merchants : their excellent value for money making them a rare and successful commodity. PESSAC-LEOGNAN is an important part of the GRAVES vineyard, expanding rapidly and enjoying a spectacular upturn resulting from its outstanding vitality.