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Course: Bordeaux

Class 2: The Médoc


Located between St.-Estèphe (to the north) and St.-Julien (to the south), Pauillac is one of Bordeaux's most important communes.

The main town in the commune is Pauillac.


Gravelly Plateaus

Gravel is the name of the game in Pauillac. Its 2,000 acres of vines are planted on very deep gravel over clay and limestone.

Pauillac is distinct among the Haut-Médoc appellations because it actually has some rolling elevation (not quite hills). Many of the vines are planted on plateaus in the northern and the southern sections of the AC.

The gravel soils and the slight elevation make for outstanding drainage of both water and cold air, increasing vineyard temperatures.


Regional Character

The Pauillac AC is restricted to red wines. White wines grown...

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