Pessac-Léognan has turned out some appealing wines this year. The dry whites are generally of a very high standard with intense fruit, pure, precise flavours and lively acidity, a total contrast to 2003. The very best have long ageing potential, and parallel vintages like 1996 and 1998. The reds were something of a pleasant surprise. Classic in style, they lack the depth of great years but are poised and have well handled fruit, crisp tannins and the hallmark freshness of the vintage. If the price is right this could be a real consumers vintage. James Lawther MW

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