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Pessac-Léognan

If the name of Pessac-Léognan is largely unfamiliar, being an appellation created only in 1986, then that of Château Haut-Brion is famous the world over. It is found in Samuel Pepys' diary, was one of the four original Premiers Crus in the 1855 classification of Bordeaux and is somewhat representative of the appellation today: it is surrounded by the urban sprawl of Bordeaux and produces both red and white wines to an excellent standard.

If the name of Pessac-Léognan is largely unfamiliar, being an appellation created only in 1986, then that of Château Haut-Brion is famous the world over. It is found in Samuel Pepys' diary, was one of the four original Premiers Crus in the 1855 classification of Bordeaux and is somewhat representative of the appellation today: it is surrounded by the urban sprawl of Bordeaux and produces both red... read more.

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The reds make up over three-quarters of production and are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. They are considered to be well-balanced, full flavoured and capable of ageing. The dry whites are often regarded as the best that Bordeaux has to offer. Much experimentation, not often associated with the region, has been indulged in over recent years and the results have been very good. Sauvignon Blanc, either on its own or blended with Sémillon, is the most important grape.

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