France | Pauillac, Bordeaux
The Pauillac appellation is most famous for its three premiers crus of Château Latour, Château Lafite-Rothschild and Château Mouton-Rothschild, which represent 75 percent of the Médoc's First Growths.
Bordering St Estèphe to the north and St Julien to the south, Pauillac has fine, deep gravel soils with important iron and marl deposits, and a subtle, softly-rolling landscape, cut by a series of small streams running into the Gironde. The vineyards are located on two gravel-rich plateaux, one to the northwest of the town of Pauillac and the other to the south, with the vines reaching a greater depth than anywhere else in the Médoc.
Cabernet Sauvignon is at its most majestic in Pauillac, with the much vaunted blackcurrant character of the grape very much in evidence in the wines, the cassis profile beautifully balanced by a tannic structure.