As the only Bordeaux appellation with three Premier Cru properties – Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Mouton-Rothschild, and Château Latour – it is easy to see why Pauillac is considered to be not only the most revered appellation on the Left Bank but throughout the whole of Bordeaux. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that define the sub-region provide the foundation of some of the world’s most desired, expensive and genuinely exquisite wines.
First planted in the late 13th century, it wasn’t until the 17th century that Pauillac came into its own as a viable location for successful vineyards. Complementing its ideal terroir was the region’s location: its proximity to the Left Bank’s busy ports accelerated distribution, swiftly making the wines a favored export. Moreover, the activity generated the development of Pauillac as the largest city in the Médoc.