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The Pauillac region of the Left Bank is known for its remarkable gravel deposits mixed with aeolean sands form a harmonious topography dominated by rolling hills. Deep coarse gravel deposits and the highest elevations in Bordeaux result in optimal draining conditions, resulting in deeply-complex wines that have the potential to age for 100+ years in historic vintages (i.e. 1961, 2000). Up until phylloxera destroyed many of the vineyards, Malbec was the dominant varietal in this region. However, Cabernet Sauvignon took a stronger hold of the grafts in the gravel deposits and is now the primary varietal.

Pauillac is home to many classified estates, including three of the five First Growths:

  • Chateau Lafite-Rothschild
  • Chateau Latour
  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild
  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron
  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
  • Chateau Duhart-Milon-Rothschild
  • Chateau Batailley
  • Chateau Haut-Batailley
  • Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal
  • Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste
  • Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse
  • Chateau Lynch-Bages
  • Chateau Lynch-Moussas
  • Chateau d'Armailhac
  • Chateau Pedesclaux
  • Chateau Cleric-Milon
  • Chateau Croizet Bages