Château Léognan 2015 - A.O.C Pessac-Léognan
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90.3 sur 100 based on 3 Average rating of the Experts
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Experts Reviews

93/100
Score de Wine Enthusiast
Wine Enthusiast
15/20
Score de Bettane & Besseauve
Bettane et Desseauve
91/100
Score de James Suckling
James Suckling

Blackberry, tile and clove aromas with hints of rose petals. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh, bright finish. A delicious young Pessac. Needs a year or two to soften but already very pretty to taste.
91
points on 100

Description

During the 17th century, the estate stretched on more than 550 hectares (1300 acres). It belonged to the monks of Saint Jean and housed sheepfolds known as “La Métairie de Caudéran”.
During the 19th century Monsieur Mathieu SEURIN, who was a ship-owner, bought the estate. Towards 1870, he bestowed on the property a fine château, stables, an aviary, and a pigeon house. When he died in 1890 – under the rule of the Pope Leon XIII – his wife erected a chapel, dedicating it to Saint Mathieu in his honour. Château Léognan changed owner during those years. Monsieur Jean Marie DUBOS, of the renowned ‘DUBOS Frères’ wine merchants, became the new owner. He extended the Château with a gallery supported by four columns, and created a pond and a pen for fallow deer.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the estate was divided again, taking the shape in we find it in today. A promising gravel-sand vein was discovered near the pond, and 6 hectares (15 acres) of vines were planted with the advice and help of the neighboring estate Domaine de Chevalier, a Classified Grand Cru of Graves. More recently, in 2006, following a long search for a high quality wine estate, the vineyards and grounds were acquired by Philippe and Chantal MIECAZE. Philippe and Chantal have breathed new life into the property, restoring the sadly dilapidated château and chapel to their former glory. They have also erected a custom-built winery next to their vineyard, where they craft some of the finest wines of the Pessac-Léognan appellation in Graves.


The Vineyard

The vineyards of Château Léognan nestle in the heart of a pastoral estate, teeming with wildlife and protected from the Atlantic by pinewood forests
Today’s vineyard plantings date from 1989, with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, and high vine densities of 10,000 vines per hectare. Prior to the acquisition of the estate by Philippe and Chantal MIECAZE in 2006, the vines had been cultivated by the neighbouring estate for its first wine, Domaine de Chevalier, Classified Grand Cru of Graves.
The human touch is everywhere. The vineyards require constant care, in all weathers, and meticulous double Guyot pruning is undertaken late, in order to reduce frost risk. Soil analysis (and tasting) reveals six different soil types, and so these six parcels are cultivated accordingly, with the grapes from each vinified separately. The concern for the preservation of nature and the environment lies at the heart of the viticultural and winemaking ethos.
All efforts are dedicated to the great moment of the year, when autumn heralds the ripening grapes, fruit of the earth and of the sun. Green harvesting is handled with a light touch so the vines don’t learn to compensate with higher yields, and leaves are carefully thinned out as the ripening progresses.
All the grapes are harvested by hand. Beginning in October, each parcel ripens at a slightly different moment. The bunches are carefully placed on trays and quickly taken to the winery next to the vineyards where they arrive in optimal condition. Gravity is used to gently pour the grapes into the destemming machine and further selections (automatic and manual) ensure that only the very best berries reach the vats.

 

In the cellars

We work with advanced technology in the pursuit of our absolute ideal in winemaking, which we believe is essential for the expression of this exceptional terroir.
At every moment, the precious berries and juice are protected from damage or oxidation. We have selected high-quality stainless-steel vats with full temperature control, and each one corresponds perfectly to our six different parcels. This allows us to work with each separately, enabling each to fully reflect the qualities of its particular terroir, soils and grape variety


The fermentation process and the vatting

After a cold pre-fermentation (less than 10 degrees Celsius for three days to release the anthocyanins from the skins), the juice starts fermenting. Maceration of the juice with the skins and pips releases the colour, flavours, aromas and tannins, further helped by pumping over with a peristaltic pump. This advanced pump technology, originally developed for medical environments, is designed to handle delicate fluids without damage, and so the juice, skins and berries are gently crushed and mixed without risk of harsh extraction or bitter tannins.
Temperatures are carefully monitored throughout, and after the second (malolactic) fermentation, the wine is placed in barrels for maturation.


The maturation process

Barrels are selected from a range of coopers from different regions so that each brings its own inherent flavours to the final blend. Different levels of barrel ‘toast’ also contribute their flavours and complexity.
Our aim is to respect the fruit and balance of the wine, so only a third of the barrels are renewed each year. The barrels are stored in a chai equipped with humidity and temperature control, which ensures optimal conditions for a slow maturation over 14 months before bottling and further maturation at the Château.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château de Léognan
  • Type of wine
    Non Classified
  • Appellation
    Pessac-Léognan
  • Superficy
    6 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    28 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    33% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2022 and 2035
  • Wine apogee
    2028
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature
    16.5-18°

The vineyard

This Red wine (Non Classified) from Pessac-Léognan is made with a vineyard that has an area of 6 hectares by Château de Léognan. The average age of the vines is 28 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 14 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 33% of new barrels.

Pessac-Léognan

The AOC Pessac-Léognan is a fairly recent appellation since it dates from 1987. However, it has a very old terroir dating from the Middle Ages. Located on the southern and south-western edges of Bordeaux, the appellation includes all of the Grands Crus Classés des Graves, including the legendary Château Haut-Brion. It produces many red wines and some dry white wines (265 ha).
Composed of gravel, gravel, rolled pebbles, sands and clays, the soil allows red grape varieties (cabernet-sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, malbec) and white grape varieties (sauvignon and semillon) have a typical expression. It is this combination that gives its peculiar style to Pessac-Léognan wines.