The President’s message
The Laurent Cogombles’ message
In this period deeply unsettled by an economic crisis of extreme proportions, the winegrowers of PESSAC-LEOGNAN are more than ever dedicated to their Appellation’s outstanding terroir, the origin of the Bordeaux winegrowing area thousands of years ago. The majority of the most magnificent sites in our Appellation were already vineyards back in the 18th century, and yet such a rich history does not protect us from Bordeaux’s forceful urban growth. The winegrowers of PESSAC-LEOGNAN are proactive and innovative, as their facilities for reception and winemaking clearly show in their modernity and their ever increasing consideration for the grapes.
We are the only Bordeaux Appellation to have asked to mark in our specifications the obligation of indicating “Bottled at the estate”. This is a guarantee of authenticity.
I wish you great pleasure in tasting our wines and visiting our estates.
A word from André Lurton
The Graves de Bordeaux, situated to the south of the city, along the Garonne, represent the oldest wine-growing region of Bordeaux.
It is here, during the Roman period, that the wine was born and which, little by little, made its way around the world.
Its boundaries have slightly fluctuated throughout the ages, yet without its roots ever moving further away than the Bordelais periphery.
In 1905, their historic frontiers were set in stone during the creation of the Syndicat Viticole des Graves de Bordeaux, which included exactly the same communes that the AOC Pessac-Léognan is today composed of. When I arrived in this region in 1965, I discovered the extraordinary potential of its terroirs. I quickly felt that it was necessary to give them authenticity and to bring back their noblesse under the form of an Appellation.
This region, in 1953 and 1959, was the only place whose vineyards earned recognition as Crus Classés de Graves. Its identity as an AOC, for me, became an evidence, justified by the specific qualities of its terroir, the typicality of its products, its micro-climate, its gravelly round hill tops perfectly outlined by streams assuring good drainage, the skills and the know-how of its wine growers.
In 1987, the “Institut National des Appellations d’Origine” gave its support to the AOC when it officially recognised the Appellation Pessac-Léognan.
Welcome to our area. Our Grand Crus and our Châteaux await you to taste with us, the wines which in the past, were known as the glory of Bordeaux and which today celebrate our prestigious region.