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The Graves, (the original name for the Pessac Leognan appellation) takes its name from the unique soils that consist of deep layers of gravel and stone. Below the gravel and pebble laden surface, layers of sand, hardpan and clay can be found.
But much of the terroir and thus, the character of the wines from this Bordeaux wine appellation is also shaped by the pine tree laden forests that inhabit the region.
The trees assist in creating the unique, micro climate of the commune by protecting the vines from the humidity and winds