Pauillac is what most of the world thinks of when it thinks Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon driven, powerful and age worthy, often expensive, wine, produced in beautiful classic chateaux. Why so iconic? Because it is here that three out of the five First Classified Growths of the left bank are to be found: Château Latour, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild.
The rolling outcrops of vineyards running down to the Gironde waterfront, confirm the true of the tradition of the best vines having a view of the water. Vines might not care about the view, but the deep gravel found here means they have sufficient water stress, along with warmth reflected by the bright, quartz rich gravel to allow Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to perfectly ripen here in this maritime climate. You are not far from the ocean, as you walk through the vines on a Pauillac wine tour you may feel the sea breeze blowing in front the Atlantic.
Thanks to the international success of the wines, families and companies continue to invest in the vineyards and the wine cellars. The success of the centuries shows in the grandiose architecture along the D2 , 'La Route des Châteaux'. You will discover amazing modern, high-tech cellars but also very traditional chais. You will see large wooden vats in the some properties, small barrels in others and yet others with bright stainless steel or cement eggs and amphora for wine making and ageing. Everywhere wine makers will share with you their passion for this famous appellation of Pauillac and the pride in their wines, explaining vintage differences and the characteristics bottle ageing brings.
Here, you can discover the romantic 19th century architecture of Château Pichon Baron, with its views over the estuary, and then enjoy five-star hospitality and Michelin star cuisine at Chateau Cordeillan Bages to complement the wines of Pauillac you will have discovered on your wine tour of the appellation.
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