What a pleasure it is to savour a few « bichettes » (shrimps), outside a café opposite the harbour in Pauillac, while dreaming about days of yore when great liners came alongside creating a buzz of activity.
The prestigious activity has now turned to wine growing, thus making Pauillac the capital of Médoc wine.
Such wines show an incomparable quality, obtained thanks to the proximity of the estuary, which ensures thermal control, to the gravel terroir lying on a subsoil of clay and chalk, and to the excellent drainage from the tops of the hills to the river.
With their slightly amber velvety hue, Pauillac wines are rich in tannin and full of vigour.
They are powerful when young, with fruity aroma of strawberry or blackcurrant or flowery aromas of rose, violet, iris.
In time they blend into a delicate bouquet which lingers on the palate.
They are rich and complex and are well worth waiting for a little longer.
Categories of Crus : 18 Crus Classés, 16 Crus Bourgeois, 7 Crus Artisans and other Crus .