Home to some of the most highly revered and expensive wines on Earth, Pauillac is located between the appellations of Saint-Estephe and Saint-Julien in the Medoc region of Bordeaux. While the great first growths of Latour, Lafite-Rothschild and Mouton-Rothschild take centre stage in Pauillac, the commune also produces exceptional wines under its village appellation title, and around 85 percent of its production is Grand Cru Classe. Two free-draining, gravel-rich plateaus host the vineyards, requiring the vines to dig deeply into the earth searching for nutrients and moisture. The stress on the vines delivers low-yields of richly flavoured fruit, and the soils are ideally suited to growing Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes up the bulk of production in Pauillac.
Pauillac wines are typically Bordeaux, and their characteristics are what many die-hard fans of the region look for - rich fruit flavour, great elegance, firm structure, and the cigar-box note and hint of sweetness that sets fine Bordeaux apart from the rest.
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It has a clean and precise bouquet, not as complex as some of its peers, yet with thoroughly enjoyable raspberry and blackcurrant leaf tinged with cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy, slightly dry tannin on the entry, hints of dark chocolate interlacing the black fruit with a touch of cracked black pepper on the finish. Drink 2020-2035. 88-90 points. Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, April 2017....read more
Solid effort in 2009 from this Pauillac property which lies on the gravel and sand laden Bages plateau, near fellow Fifth Growths Lynch-Bages and Grand-Puy-Lacoste. Classically styled Pauillac wine - powerful and austere - with rich red berry fruit and a savoury earthiness. 70 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 26 percent Merlot and a dash of Cabernet Franc....read more
It has a tightly-wound bouquet with blackberry and raspberry fruit, a touch of iodine and graphite. I like the subtle nature of this Pedesclaux, the brooding intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, crisp and fresh, a gorgeous salinity and a long and persistent, lightly spiced finish. Drink 2022-2050. 93-95 points. Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, April 2017....read more
Impressive, classic with abundant, ripe, black fruit, cassis and violet aromas. Luscious, sweet, blackcurrant and cherry fruit with a really juicy core that adds plenty of energy. Masculine styled with fine tannins, plenty of spice yet with lots of finesse and elegance. A step up from the 2015 for me. Bravo. Drink 2024-2035. JG, April 2017....read more
The powerful Pauillac style strikes again in the 2013 Grand-Puy-Lacoste. Attractive, slightly perfumed nose of currants, brambles and spice. Pure, slightly polished style with creamy currants and cassis, slightly floral and herbaceous. Well balanced with juicy acidity and a pure cassis finish. Drink 2018-2025. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot aged 16-18 months in 75% new oak barrels. Cask sample. JG, April 2014....read more
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
An excellent second wine (a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc), with medium to full body, opulent, delicious fruit, and copious quantities of black fruits intermixed with spice box, the 2000 Comtesse de Lalande should drink well for 10-15 years. It is one of the finest second wines this estate has produced. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, April 2003...read more
The 2007 Batailley was created from 73 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 23 percent Merlot, with the remainder Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Bright fruit and well-integrated oak combine and the complex cedar and forest floor notes are quintessential characters of the best left bank wines. Soft, full and ready to drink, this fifth growth continues to show its class....read more
Robust, deeply coloured, well-structured wines are the hallmarks of this well-known Pauillac estate and the winemaking team delivered again in 2011 with a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant bottling full of precision and elegance. Abundant black fruit is well integrated with ripe, suave tannin and a long, satisfying finish. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot....read more
Perfumed nose, with hints of violet with red and black currants, knitted with some toasty oak and a slightly Cotes-du-Rhone spicy nose. Mid-weight on the palate with summer berry fruit, black cherries and bramble with well-integrated clove and spice. Very pure style, almost silky in texture with more toasty oak and blackcurrant on the finish. Light style for Pontet Canet but it will give great pleasure over the short to mid-term. Blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. Drink 2018 to 2023. JG, April 2014....read more