Pauillac Appellation is reserved for red still wine.
Pauillac sits on the left bank of the Gironde and is the largest town in the Medoc.
St Julien is to the south where a stream marks part of the boundary between the two communes, to the north lies St Estephe and to the west the parish of St Sauveur and the Landes forest.
Pauillac sits high and is somewhat more elevated than the surrounding area peaking at nearly 30 meters above the sea level enjoying a very good oceanic temperature climate.
Home to some of the world's most famous and expensive wines, the aristocrats of Pauillac have a large percentage of the regions First Growths "Grand Crus Classes" which represent a large proportion of production.
Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety dominantes the vineyards, though Cabernet Franc, merlot, armenere, petit verdot and malbec are also permitted for use under the appellation laws.
To comply with regulations vines, have a minimal planting density of 7,000 vines per hectare.
The wines of Pauillac are very strong in colour, powerful and full bodied.
Notable through a dominant Cabernet Sauvignon blend, wines provide good tannic structure with remarkable aptitude for ageing.
Merlot remains present to provide roundness and fruit, structure and complexity is enhanced by Cabernet Franc or more rarely Petit Verdot. Overall there is still an identifiable Pauillac wine style that is rich and characterised by the classic cassis and cedar wood aromas of oak-aged Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wines are the subject to an ageing of at least until the 1st June of the year following the harvest. Packaging of the wine is done no earlier than the 1st June following the harvest and before 31st December of the third year following the harvest. After the rearing period, the wines are marketed to the consumer as from the 1st September of the following year of the harvest.
The grape harvest, wine making and development also ageing of the wines are guaranteed in the territory of Pauillac in the Gironde department as well as in certain the plots in the following towns:
Cissac Medoc, Saint Estephe, Saint Julien Beychevelle and Saint Sauveur.