Top 10 of the best Pessac Leognan wines


Pessac-Léognan is a French wine with a registered designation of origin produced around Pessac and Léognan in the Graves vineyard, one of the subdivisions of the Bordeaux vineyard. The Pessac-Léognan appellation extends over 10 municipalities in the Gironde. The “Château Haut-Brion” is the most famous of the Pessac-Léognan AOC, it is recognized all over the world. The red wines of the appellation have common characteristics: wines with tight, fleshy and balanced tannins and aromas of ripe fruit or liquorice on the finish.

It is one of the sure values of Bordeaux wines. It should also be noted that Graves or Pessac-Leognan are the only Gironde appellations to accept dry white wines as classified wines. This wine can last several decades.



100/100 Robert Parker – Tasting date June 29, 2015

“With its elegance and finesse, it is not as powerful as La Mission, but the nobility and complexity of the aromas, the incredible fragrance (subtle and blue, red and black smoke) that persists in the glass, the full-bodied, very light and delicate on its feet), and an incredible length characterize this great Haut-Brion. It is just starting to drink well and is expected to continue to do so for at least another three decades.

To be enjoyed now, but the wine can develop until about 2045.”


100/100 Robert Parker – Tasting date October 31, 1994

“Tasted 5 times, with constant notes, Haut-Brion 1945 is deep. It demonstrates the essence of the Haut-Brion style. The colour remains a healthy and opaque garnet, with very light amber on the rim. A huge, penetrating bouquet of sweet black fruit, smoked nuts, tobacco and tar flies from the glass. The wine has an extraordinary density and extraction of fruit, massive, full-bodied flavours with a smooth texture, revealing few tannins and copious amounts of glycerin and alcohol. It is a fabulously rich monumental example of a mature Haut-Brion that shows no sign of decline. Impressive!

Drink now.”


100/100 Robert Parker – Tasting date January 1, 2003

“It continues to be one of the immortal wines and one of the greatest young wines of Bordeaux of the last half-century. Haut-Brion 1989 is a classic, flawless and majestic wine that pays tribute to this phenomenal terroir and its unique characteristics. The wine still has a very thick and viscous ruby/purple color, a spectacular, young, but impressive blend of aromas, ranging from scorched earth, liquid minerals, graphite, blackberry and blackcurrant jam, toasted bread, licorice and spices. The levels of fruit, extract and glycerin in this viscous, full-bodied, low-acid wine are impressive. The brilliant symmetry of the wine, the extraordinary purity and transparency are the characteristics of a modern legend. It is still in the pre-adolescent development phase, and I don’t expect it to reach its full level of maturity for another 3 to 5 years, but it should be a Haut-Brion that rivals the largest ever achieved in this field. You should drink this wine as many times as possible, life is too short!”


100/100 Robert Parker – Tasting date January 1, 2003

“It’s the tallest and tallest white wine in the Haut-Brion I’ve ever tasted. Jean Delmas, administrator of the Dillon properties, rightly had the impression that the 1989 fully reproduced the fleshy and mellow texture of a great Grand Cru blanc de Bourgogne. Only 600 cases were made of this sumptuous wine rich in yellow alcohol, rich in yellow/gold. It is surprisingly full and long in the mouth, with a very distinctive mineral character, honeyed. The low acidity would seem to suggest a shorter than normal life, but I am convinced that this wine will last 25 years or more. It’s a real show-stopper! The sweet, honeyed aromas of peach, caramel and butter fall from the glass of this prodigious effort. Anticipated maturity: now – 2025.”


100/100 Robert Parker – Tasting date February 28, 2013

“I certainly underestimated Pope Clement 2010 from the barrel, evaluating it only 93-95+. (Thank God, I put a “plus”!). This final blend of 51% Merlot, 47.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.5% Petit Verdot is perfection in a bottle. By switching the balance to 14.5% natural alcohol, there are 8,000 cases. Its sublime elegance, power, medium-bodied texture, silky tannins, subtle smoky notes, lead shavings, blackcurrants, charcoal, camphor, blueberries and blackcurrants are remarkable. It is a rich and full-bodied wine, but the elegance and great terroir of Pape Clément are abundant. It is slightly more developed and evolved than the 2005 was at a similar point in its evolution, but it certainly takes another 5-7 years to develop other nuances, which will certainly be the case. This wine will last 30-40 + years. Congratulations to owner Bernard Magrez, who has built an empire based on high quality more than any other feature.

Drink now, this wine can develop until 2053.”


100/100 Robert Parker – Tasting date April 6, 2015

“The 2009, which has an opaque ruby/purple color, an extraordinary nose of superior quality cigar tobacco, graphite, blackcurrant and spices, reaches a medium to full-bodied palate, a saturated and rich mouthfeel, but an elegant and ethereal quality that is difficult to articulate. It is rich, complex and tastes like the vinous equivalent of a remarkable haute couture creation by Coco Chanel. It is full-bodied, but elegant, powerful, but delicate, and remarkably velvety, sumptuous and full of upward potential. It can be approached now, as most of the 2009s tend to be, given their high fruit content, low acidity and extraordinary concentration, but the great complexity that will emerge from this fabulous terroir is at least a decade or more of longevity.”

Drink now, this wine can develop until 2065.”


100/100 Robert Parker – Tasting date December 22, 2011

What an effort to blockbuster! Typically powerful, the Haut-Brion 2009 can be considered as the 21st century version of the 1959 vintage. It is an extraordinarily complex and concentrated effort, composed of a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with the highest alcohol ever achieved in this estate, 14.3%. Even richer than the perfect 1989, with similar technical notes, but a slightly higher extract and alcohol, it offers a sensational scent of subtle embers, non-smoked cigar tobacco, charcoal, black raspberries, damp gravel, plums, figs and blueberries. There are so many aromatic things going on that we are almost hesitant to stop smelling it. However, when it hits the palace, it is hardly a disappointment. This unctuous, full-bodied texture, this 2009 has a low acidity with a superb extract and remarkable clarity for a wine with a pH close to 4.0. The good news is that there are 10,500 cases in 2009, one of the most convincing examples of Haut-Brion ever made. It requires a decade of care and is expected to last half a century or more. Readers who have enjoyed the complexity of Haut-Brion should be prepared for a larger, richer and more massive wine, but one that does not lose its prodigious aromas.



100/100 Robert Parker – Tasting date December 22, 2011

“A candidate for the 2009 vintage wine La Mission-Haut-Brion stood out as one of the most exceptional wines I have ever tasted by the barrel, and its size was confirmed in the bottle. A remarkable effort by the Dillon family is another large-scale Mission that tilts the balance at 15% alcohol. An equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (47% each) and the rest Cabernet Franc, an opaque purple colour and a magnificent bouquet of truffle, scorched earth, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, subtle smoke and spring flowers. The remarkable concentration of the wine offers a creamy / viscous texture, a skyscraper-like sensation, sweet, sumptuous, almost exaggerated flavours and massive density. The 2009 Mission-Haut-Brion, once in a lifetime, will stand alongside the many great wines produced here since the early 1920s. It is expected to last 50 to 75 years or more. Given the smoothness of the wine and the sweetness of the tannin, I would have no problem drinking it in about 5-6 years.”


100/100 Robert Parker – Tasting date December 23, 2011

“Pope Clement White 2009 is an absolutely remarkable wine, which is not surprising given what this historic estate has done in white and red over the past 20 years. Their white wine, an intriguing blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon, 16% Sauvignon Gris and the rest Muscadelle, comes from 7.5 acres of pure gravelly soil. An exquisite nose of honeysuckle, tropical fruits, pineapple, green apples and orange and apricot marmalade rise from the glass. A great acidity, a full-bodied palate and a texture closer to the great white Burgundy vintage put this wine in a class of its own. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were others who also think that it’s pure perfection in Bordeaux Blanc. I tasted this wine four times and gave it a perfect score three of the four times. It’s one of the most exquisite dry whites I’ve ever tasted from anywhere.”


100/100 Robert Parker – Tasting date December 23, 2011

“Smith-Haut-Lafitte 2009 is the most beautiful wine ever made by owners Daniel and Florence Cathiard. It has an opaque blue/purple color and a glorious bouquet of acacia flowers, licorice, charcoal, blueberries and black raspberries. This massive wine, extraordinarily rich and unctuous in texture, can be the most concentrated effort produced to date, although the years 2000, 2005 and 2010 are almost as prodigious. A beautiful expression of Pessac-Léognan with sweet tannins, emerging charm and delicacy, considerable power, depth, richness and authority, it should age effortlessly for 30 to 40 years.

To be enjoyed now, however, it may develop until about 2052.”


The colour of the red pessac-léognan heralds elegance and ageing potential. Deep red, purple highlights or black cherry hue. The white pessac-léognan has a beautiful appearance. Bright golden yellow, almost white, or shimmering with green highlights. Always distinguished.

The beautiful bouquet of red wines develops dominant aromas of ripe red fruits and floral notes, such as violet, which gives it complexity and power. The white pessac-léognan develops delicate aromas: toasted bread, lemon, exotic fruits and hazelnut.

In its early years, red pessac-léognan is robust on the palate, but it also remains balanced and elegant. There are aromas of fruit, undergrowth, and warm earth. As it ages, the palette widens: dried fruit, game, cocoa and roasted notes. The white wine is full-bodied and complex, fat and smooth, and very fresh. We can say that it is balanced.