Château Hannetot

Throughout the appellation of Pessac-Léognan vineyards and suburban housing (and the occasional airport) jostle for position on the increasingly crowded soils of gravel and clay. Nowhere (other than Pessac, which lies well within the city of Bordeaux itself) is the battle more active than in Léognan, a confused and interdigitating mix of residential streets and vineyards. Such are the rewards to property developers that it sometimes feels as though the vines are destined to lose, but it is not so; even today, vineyards can be established, or at the very least revitalised, brought back to life, saving yet another plot from the grip of the town planners and the builders.

Château Hannetot

The little-known Château Hannetot is a case in point. This micro-estate is located in a narrow strip of vine-speckled land that runs from the green suburbs of Léognan itself to the south-west, through to the somewhat busier and more bustling Villenave d’Ornon to the north-east. The vineyards open out on one side, where Château Olivier and Château Brown are to be found.

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