Pessac Leognan, ‘the commune of contrasts’, was probably the first region in Bordeaux where the Romans planted vines but is the most recently established appellation as it was officially only created in 1987. Much of its area is located within the city limits of Bordeaux and as a consequence it has the warmest micro-climate and is usually the first to start harvesting.

It is the only commune outside the Medoc to have a chateau in the 1855 classification, First Growth Haut-Brion, and can lay claim to being the first wine to be reviewed when it was written about by the famous diarist, Samuel Pepys in 1663. Pessac Leognan is the one commune where the white wines are almost as important as the reds. Other notable chateaux include La Mission Haut-Brion, Pape Clement (named after Pope Clement V) and Smith-Haut-Lafitte.

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