Pauillac, the ultimate wine experience !!!

On my road warrior travels in my belle France, let me take you to my citadel! Needless to say written several posts on the wines of the Médoc (not just Bordeaux but more specific area). If read my previous posts than you know i love wines.

Pauillac is it for me. Needless to say I have tasted wines from many regions of the world and visited them, and also of France. However, do not know how to explain it, Pauillac is it. Period. I like to tell you a bit more on the town and relation to the wine and things to see in general. Hopefully, you too will get on the red boat of Pauillac !

Pauillac is located in the Gironde dept 33 in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The town is located on the left bank of the Gironde estuary (river) in the Médoc, 50 km north of Bordeaux. The traces of Pauillac go back to the prehistory, but it was in the 18C, with the expansion of the trade in vineyards and fishing, that the city took the look that we know today.

The vineyard of Pauillac Grand Cru of the vineyard of the Médoc stretches on nearly 1 100 hectares.The town has no less than 37 wine domains including 18 Grands crus classés en 1855. My favorite bottles in black.These are: Premiers crus: Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Mouton Rothschild (my fav and direct see sep post).  Second crus: Château Pichon-Longueville, and Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. Fourth cru ; Château Duhart-Milon. Fifth crus: Château Pontet-CanetChâteau Batailley, Château Haut-Batailley, Château Grand-Puy-LacosteChâteau Grand-Puy Ducasse, Château Lynch-Bages, Château Lynch-Moussas, Château d’ArmailhacChâteau Haut-Bages Libéral, Château Pédesclaux, Château Clerc Milon, and Château Croizet-Bages.


The official vineyard territory goes on in the left bank of the Gironde river. It extends over the towns of Pauillac and encroaches on those of Cissac-Médoc, Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien-Beychevelle and Saint-Sauveur . The grape varieties recommended for the appellation are Cabernet Franc , Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot , Carménère and Petit Verdot.

The Pauillac is a red wine of ageing values. It presents a dark purple color, almost black with purplish shades when it is young. After a few years, even decades for the best, their tint softens towards the ruby with amber shades. The nose of a Pauillac is a highly concentrated and complex wine. Scents of red fruits such as blackcurrant, blackberry, plum.etc. Spicy such as vanilla, pepper, menthol, liquorice etc. , and woody such as cedar, grilled, toasted.etc. dominate. At the taste, the wine proves very robust. The ubiquitousness of tannins requires perfect maturity. If this were not the case, the mouth would be dried up and the bitterness would cover the aromas. With age, the tannins soften while supporting the aromatic power of the wine for a long time. The wine is balanced,  powerful and robust, it is also fine and delicate at the aromatic level.

In 1777, the Marquis de La Fayette sailed out of Pauillac on the shores of the Gironde to join the Americas, to rescue the American people during the American War of Independence. A bronze stele representing his ship La Victoire (victory)   is also erected on the edge of the city harbor on the esplanade de La Fayette. On the stele can be read in translation: “From here on March 25, 1777, embarked Marie Joseph Paul Yves Gilbert Motier, Marquis de La Fayette, with the hope of joining the Americas”. He did ! My son wanted to be funny and the grin,,,


Things to see, other than wine tastings/buying, of course!

The parish Church of St. Martin at place Maréchal Foch, its western façade is surmounted by an immense pediment. The Château Mouton Rothschild and its museum that exhibits wine-related objects from all civilizations. Chateau Pichon Longueville Countess de Lalande; the Orangerie of the castle is home to a remarkable private collection of old glasses and glasses from Venice, Bohemia and French and English glasses from the 17C to 19C. This collection comprises more than 700 pieces assembled by May-Éliane de Lencquesaing. The cave of Artigues, built by Anne-Françoise Averous in 1897 as a miniature replica of the Grotto of Lourdes, and overlooked by the statue of the Virgin. To allow the pilgrims to drink the water of Lourdes, she exchanged, with the chaplain of Lourdes, a cask of her wine from Château de Haut-Bages against a keg filled with water of Lourdes. And do not forget if little on time to stop by the Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac a gift store, wine boutique with all the properties of the region at same prices.

The city of Pauillac on its heritage

The Gironde dept 33 on the Médoc area :

The Bordeaux tourist office on the Médoc :

The Médoc wines tourist info on Pauillac :

There you go folks, a dandy of Pauillac !! You know the best piece of land wine wise in the world ! Hope you enjoy the short instroduction to this wonderful town;and do come to visit it, even if not into wines, many sites of historical value, boat rides from the Gironde to the mainland even ferries, and of course the beaches! Enjoy it as we did,do and will again.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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