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Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse Pauillac 2008 750ml

Rated 90 - This suave, lush, opulently-styled 2008 exhibits a dark ruby/purple hue, medium body, and attractively forward, sweet notes of creme de...
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Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac 2008 750ml

Rated 93+ - This strong effort from Lynch Bages may turn out to be the finest wine produced here since the 2000. It is a backward, powerful, opaque...
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Chateau Pichon Lalande Pauillac 2008 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2008 is a beauty in the style of the 1988. Although not performing as well as I predicted last year, it is unquestionably an...
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Chateau Pontet-Canet Les Hauts De Pontet 2008 750ml

Rated 88 - More flesh than grip, with mulled plum and blackberry fruit laid over graphite and cedar hints. There's a flash of tobacco, though the...
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Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2008 750ml

Rated 96 - A candidate for the 'wine of the vintage,' Pontet Canet's 2008 boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious aromas of sweet...
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Le Petit Mouton De Mouton-Rothschild Pauillac 2008 750ml

Rated 92 - I don't remember a second wine of Mouton being so outstanding. This is really plummy and juicy on the nose with flowers and lots of...

2008 Pauillac

The commune consists of only 3000 acres of vineyards in the Haut-Medoc between the villages of Saint-Julien to the south and Saint-Estephe to the north, but is home to three of Bordeaux's five first growth wines: Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour, and Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

A classic Pauillac wine is rich, dense-coloured, full-bodied and profound with an elegant mix of black currants and cedary oak that is luxurious and distinguished when mature. There is a wide variation on this theme throughout Pauillac, in part due to the differing terrain across the region. This is shown within the 3 First growths where the Lafite is complex and elegant, the Mouton-Rothschild is voluptuous with power and the Latour is full yet refined. There are many other styles amongst Pauillac's Chateaux, ranging from elegant wines which are drinkable younger, such as Pichon Lalande to the more tannic, deep style of Lynch-Bages.

This commune, on the banks of the Gironde, has small hills which are unusual in the Medoc. The soil contains heavy gravel which is important to the wine growing as it reflects the sun and allows excellent drainage. It is differences in the subsoil that contribute towards each Chateau's style. Lafite has a limestone base which leads to a softer, aromatic flavour; Mouton-Rothschild has sand within its gravelly soil which produces its richness, and Latour enjoys a bed of predominantly gravel enabling it to be consistent even in wet years.

This region of Haut Medoc sets the standard for each Bordeaux vintage and is a wonderful and impressive representative. A great deal of pleasure awaits anyone exploring this wonderful appellation.