Bordeaux's Pessac-Leognan is bursting out of the shadows in recent years. Which is quite a paradox, really. Truth is, it was known for excellent wines for the longest time.
In the late middle ages, the prized Chateau Pape Clement was gifted to the newly elected Pope Clement V. Of course, we have the celebrated Chateau Haut-Brion which miraculously found its way as one of the five Medoc First Growth (although it is not situated in Medoc). Pessac-Leognan terroir was so superior, it won its rightful status as a legit appellation in 1987. An example of an amazing terroir, Domaine de Chevalier, has improved its winery in recent years to bring the best of the quality grapes.
Pessac-Leognan's soil and climate greatness was always present. They are perhaps just a late-adopter of advanced equipment?
Chateau Pape Clement 2011
"Absolutely profound" "true super-star of the vintage" "remarkable achievement by the winemaking team" "this wine clearly transcends the entire vintage"
Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2011
"A spectacular effort" "multilayered mouthfeel" "long, complex, stunning finish" "profound example of a 2011 from a great terroir"
If you have not begun to appreciate Pessac-Leognan, now is time, particularly the Grand Cru Classe de Graves. Don't become a late-comer too.