Pauillac is to Bordeaux is what King Lear is to Shakespeare, one of his masterpieces.
Indeed among the wines of Bordeaux, Pauillac area is the largest of the four major wine towns (Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien) of the Médoc peninsula. But paradoxically, it is less famous than its neighbors because its great famous wines (Château-Lafite, Château-Latour, Château Monton-Rotschild) are enough to identify them, without reference to the area that shelters.
The hierarchy of grands crus
The 1855 classification has aged, as evidenced by the following classification of grands crus:
- Three premier grands crus (Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild)
- Two seconds grands crus (Pichon Longueville and Pichon Lalande)
- no third grand cru
- One fourth grand cru (Duhart Milon Rothschild)
- 12 fifth grand cru (Guillot, Top Guillot, Croizet-Bages-Clerc Millon, Grand-Puy-Ducasse Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Haut-Bages-Liberal, Lynch-Bages, Lynch-Bages, Mouton Baronne Philippe Pédesclaux, Pontet-Canet)
This heterogeneity can be explained by the diversity of Pauillac: indeed, except the fleshy Medoc, nothing identifies it as such. They are stronger than the delicate Margaux and less warm than the Saint-Estèphe.
The Best Years of Pauillac
These are the years and vintages by consensus among winemakers whose aging potential is highest: 1953, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1975, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2009. Note: The year 2010 is also exceptional.
Where to buy Pauillac
1855 of course, but also Majestic or Uvinum, which we have identified some beautiful bottles.
Warning: these exceptional wines addresses as the price suggests, connoisseurs and must be keep in wine cellar:
- Château Lafite-Rothschild 1990: € 1,995
- CHATEAU LYNCH-Bages 1990: € 393
- Château HIGH LIBERAL Bages 1995: € 669
- Château ARMAILHAC: € 1,163
- Château DUHART-Milon Rothschild 2005: € 169
- Château Puy Ducasse 2005: € 678