Chateau de Landiras 2018
The Chateau de Landiras is at the heart of the legacy of Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac, foundress of "La Compagnie de Notre-Dame" in 1607. This religious congregation was the first in the history of France to provide free access to education for young ladies. It still holds this role today through hundreds of schools in 27 countries around the world.
Since 2007, a new dynamic is bringing the estate back to life. First, the restructuring of the vineyard has allowed the Chateau de Landiras to be part of some the finest wines in the Graves appellation. Then, a strong effort has been made to enhance the historical heritage of the property and make it accessible to visitors.
Today, the Chateau de Landiras is run by estate owner and architect Michel Pelissie, with the assistance of director Francois Puerta. Michel is passionate about leading the estate with the project of combining architecture and winemaking, while being surrounded by people who share his vision: to give a new life to the Chateau and produce quality wines.
Famous for both its red and white wines, Graves is a large region, extending 30 miles southeast of the city of Bordeaux, along the left bank of the Garonne River. Red wine producing vineyards cover well over three times as much area as the whites. In the late 1980s, the French created the separate appellation of Pessac-Léognan within the northern confines of Graves. It includes all of its most famous properties, and the southern suburbs of the city Bordeaux itself. In French "graves" is a term used to indicate gravelly soils.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.