Pauillac Wine Region Guide

Savor the Legendary: A Symphony of Elegance and Power


Last updated: June 10, 2024


There would be no argument if we had to single out one Bordeaux region to head the list. Pauillac needs little introduction; every wine lover worldwide knows and adores it. It claims three legendary wine estates: Chateau Latour, Lafite, and Mouton Rothschild. All three are delightfully different in style. Their only commonality is the reception on the world stage—collectors will pay lavish sums for mature vintages of Lafite and its neighbors. These are investment-grade wines that are traded as much as they are enjoyed.

Yet there is another side to Pauillac: red wines that offer superlative quality and, whisper it, relative value. Indeed, several attractively priced 5th Growth estates are worth far more than their classification; Pauillac is more diverse than people realize, covering everything from hum-drum to iconic and collectible.

The appellation’s star grape is Cabernet Sauvignon, which is essential in providing those quintessential Pauillac characteristics of freshness, soft fruit, oak, and subtlety combined with substance. Cigar-box and tobacco tasting notes from many properties across different vintages all suggest something very refined yet powerful. Smelling the richness and feeling the force of Cabernet Sauvignon in these wines, we understand why some enthusiasts never buy anything else.


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