History of Léognan
Inhabited since the Gallo-Roman era, Léognan was the starting point of an aqueduct intended to supply Bordeaux (Burdigala) with water. Under British rule in the 13th century, the territory of Léognan was the subject at that time of significant clearing. The many castles of the town were built during the 18th and 19th century, but some, like that of La Louvière, were built on the foundations of medieval primitive castles. The Domaine de la Louvière is central to Léognan, since the old building, before its reconstruction in an 18th style, housed in the 14th century the lord of the Louvière Robert de Guilloche.
The must-sees of Léognan
Famous for its Grands Crus classified wines of Graves, the territory of Léognan houses castles and domains of big names: olive castle, castle of Fieuzal, Haut Bailly castle, Carbonnieux castle or even Chevalier domain. The estates of Larrivet Haut Brion and Château la Louvière also produce wines of the prestigious AOC Pessac-Léognan. The Château de la Louvière is also notable for its 18th century architecture inspired by the creations of Victor Louis, the architect of Bordeaux, who was responsible for the Grand Théâtre. In the heart of Léognan, the Romanesque church Saint-Martin dates from the 11th century. Its dimensions reveal the importance of the town in the Middle Ages for the pilgrims of Compostela. The park of the town hall, place of relaxation privileged for the Léognanais, shelters also a dovecote of the 18th century.
Living in Léognan
Small town pleasant to live, Léognan seduced for his village spirit. Dynamic, it has nothing of a dormitory town and its proximity to the center of Bordeaux does not prevent it from developing its own cultural, commercial and sports life. Its geographical location, south of the Bordeaux Metropolis, is ideal to also enjoy the Landes de Gascogne or the Arcachon basin. About fifteen minutes from Bordeaux, Léognan has a wide choice of shops and local services (bakeries, hairdressers, butcher, supermarket, post office ...). On Saturday, its market brings together many small local producers. The cultural space Georges Brassens offers a varied program of theater, cinema and youth shows. The proximity of the vineyards offers a charming country setting and many opportunities for walks. 2 nursery schools, 2 primary schools and 1 college are present on Léognan.