The region of Pauillac, north of Bordeaux is universally known for its great and famous wines, more than wines we ought ot say as they are often described as Great Classified Growths as a sign of high respect. Offhand we would think of Chateaux Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild and Latour, without leaving aside the quite famous Château Pichon Lalande, standing a few miles before the city of Pauillac and certainly the sole estate that ressembles the traditionnal castles that one can discover in the Loire valley up north.
There are two distinct routes to reach Pauillac when coming from the city of Bordeaux.
The first route is the long road crossing the towns of Castelnau, Saint-Laurent, Lesparre before one could turn right heading for Pauillac through the vineyards.
This road would lead you through forests and you could hardly believe at this point that you are driving through the legendary Bordeaux region since no vineyards can be seen around. It is presumed that should you wish to take this road you would certainly have in mind the Atlantic ocean in the first instance, stretching on your left side beyond the forests.
The second route from Bordeaux goes straight into the vineyards, heading to the north through the very first controlled appellation of Haut-Medoc with a village named Blanquefort and then up north into the controlled appellation of Saint-Julien (named after the little village of Saint-Julien) prior to entering the controlled appellation area of Pauillac, the city that deserves our attention now.
The whole area stretching down from the head of estuary down to Bordeaux is called the Médoc itself divided into several controlled appellation zones like Saint-Julien, Margaux, Pauillac to cite the most famous areas.
Stretching by the Gironde ( the conjunction of the Dordogne and Garonne rivers), Pauillac can be named the capital-city of the famous Pauillac wines encircled by the two “seas” as one can call them: the atlantic ocean on the left side and the Gironde river on its right, with a width of around 20 miles at this point.
The county of Pauillac is encircled between the counties of Saint-Julien and Saint-Estèphe, both producing excellent red wines and within the controlled appellation area of Pauillac visitors touring the place will see the magnificent Estates of Lafite, Mouton-Rothschild and many others in the North whereas in the South visitors will catch sight or visit Château Lynch-Bages, Batailley, Pichon Longueville and Latour which was formerly a place meant to defend the estuary from enemies.
Certainly Pauillac can boast itself sheltering the possession of the most famous Estates in the region of Bordeaux, quite an incomparable range of great wines which account for the glorious viticultural history of the greatest wines in the world