The terroir of the Pauillac appellation is located north of Bordeaux, on the Gironde estuary. The terroir is exceptional, moreover the appellation has 3 of the 5 Premiers Grands Crus Classés in 1855 which are Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Latour. These quality wines have one thing in common in terms of taste.
The Typical Taste of Pauillac Wine
Pauillac is a jewel of the Médoc, it has 18 classified growths which represent 85% of its production. Perched on a beautiful gravel hilltop, its terroir is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Merlot and, to a lesser extent, with Petit Verdot and Malbec. Experts agree that Cabernet Sauvignon has found its favorite terroir there. You can drink a bottle of pauillac wine with almost everything.
Pauillac wines are powerful, deep and extremely refined. The palate is ample, rich, underlined by a framework of tight and full-bodied tannins. Pauillac wines are made for laying down, their aging potential is exceptional. They have a great aging potential, from 15 to 25 years or even more for certain grands crus. Over the years, the tannins round out and the aromas open up. They thus lose their aggressiveness to become fine and delicate, while retaining their power.
Pauillac produces wines of emotion which carry you away thanks to their deep ruby color with purple reflections. The nose is expressive and elegant, the scent of morello cherries, blackcurrant and blackberries is predominant and blends harmoniously with the more complex aromas of vanilla, spice, but also leather and wood. On the palate, the attack is frank and striking in its magnitude. The wine is powerful and concentrated. Then comes the material made up of incredibly fine and elegant tannins. Finally, the finish is long, on the complex notes of the secondary and tertiary aromas, and leaves the palate with memories of this precious nectar.
Top 3 of Pauillac Wines
The king grape variety of Pauillac is Cabernet Sauvignon and even if some estates have increased their share of Merlot in order to offer wines that are easier to drink, the large estates continue to give pride of place to Cabernet. Here is our selection of the most beautiful estates classified in 1855 in the Pauillac appellation:
- Château Pichon Comtesse
- Château Pichon Baron
- Château Lynch Bages
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