Bordeaux 2018 at Two Years: Pessac-Léognan, Red

With this instalment of my 2018 Bordeaux report we come to the last remaining ‘big name’ red wine appellation, Pessac-Léognan. This appellation has great history stretching back many centuries, evidence for which can be perceived if you take a tour of the region. Even to the untrained eye (yes, even mine) the architecture of some châteaux to the south of the city of Bordeaux, in Pessac-Léognan (as well as Graves, Sauternes and Barsac), clearly dates to the Medieval, their high walls and turrets built at a time when the ability to defend yourself against marauding enemies was much more important than an elegant facade.

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Despite this ancient history and the undeniably high quality of some of its wines, Pessac-Léognan remains a somewhat misunderstood appellation. We can all pick out the famous names, such as Château Haut-Bailly, Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Château Haut-Brion, but it is perhaps less easy to understand why and to describe just how the wines of the appellation as a whole stand when compared with those of the Médoc appellations, or of St Emilion and Pomerol.

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