This is the story of an historic property that has been brought into the limelight by its new owners. This jewel of a vineyard comprises just six hectares of mature Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot on deep sandy gravels, planted at the beginning of the 19th century and farmed under contract by the Bernard family. Completely replanted in 1989, these parcels have always produced powerful and elegant wines which were blended into the Grand Vin of neighbouring Domaine de Chevalier for a century.
The château itself is an impressive gothic monument that has its own chapel and park around it, and has been home to some illustrious local families over the years, including the famous négociants Dubos. When the last owner, a lady of advanced years, was looking to sell up, her Grand Cru Classé tenants were keen to purchase and secure the land for good, but she chose a buyer with plans to establish Château Léognan as a name in itself and showcase the individuality of its wines. So although the vineyard is mature and the quality of the wines is well established, the brand is new and its reputation is yet to be built.
The lucky new owners are the Miecaze family, Philippe and Chantal, who moved from Paris in 2007 after a successful career in medical technology, to pursue their passion for wine. They have renovated the house and the chapel (a huge feat in itself), built a functional winery, and worked hard to develop a distinctive image for the new cru.
The vineyard work is careful and ecologically-minded without being organic, the winemaking traditional with fermentation in stainless steel and judicious use of new oak, and going into their second decade the Miecazes have created some of which they can be proud. They have enjoyed considerable success in the press for their wines since their first vintage, and distribution is building. As this wine does not go through the place de Bordeaux there are opportunities for special arrangements and exclusivities, a rarity at this level in Bordeaux.
|Château Léognan, Pessac-Léognan rouge, 2011|
|Château Léognan, Pessac-Léognan rouge, 2012|
|Château Léognan, Pessac-Léognan rouge, 2013|