BurdiGala Series: Pessac-Léognan – at the gates of Bordeaux

BurdiGala Series: Pessac-Léognan – at the gates of Bordeaux

On February 22, the first ever BurdiGala Tasting and Gala Dinner will take place at St. Batholomew’s Church.  In anticipation of this exciting new event we are hosting a series of posts dedicated to the participating Bordeaux producers and the appelations they call home.

We are kicking off the series this week with the Appelation Pessac-Léognan.  Join us today, January 28th from 5 pm to 8 p.m. at our store, for a tasting of Pessac-Léognan: Château Latour-Martillac 2008 and 2010 conducted by Tristan Kressmann, owner and winemaker of the estate.


Located at the doorstop of Bordeaux, Pessac-Léognan is protected from cutting winds by a forest and possesses a soil comprised of gravel with pebbles carried by the Pessac-LéognanGaronne two millennia ago.  The terroir of Pessac-Léognan gives its wines a robust and complex personality. The dominant grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, elected for its powerful structure and firm tannins, and Merlot, for its roundness, fruitiness providing flexibility. However, one also finds traces of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenère scattered within the appellation. With 16 Grand Crus, red and white (main varieties: Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon), it is the appellation which everyone agrees that the word “elegance” best describes it and was created in 1987.

Stay tuned this week for posts featuring two of Pessac-Léognan estates:  Château Haut-Bailly and Château Smith Haut Lafitte.

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