Understanding Pauillac through the 2015 vintage

Understanding Pauillac through the 2015 vintage

Jane Anson revisits the ‘hugely acclaimed’ 2015 vintage in Pauillac, tasting a total of 32 wines, both grand vins and their second labels…

Pauillac is a name that towers over the Left Bank of Bordeaux. It contains some of the most highly priced vineyard land in the world – good luck finding pretty much anything below €1 million per hectare, with the average now closer to €2 million, the highest in Bordeaux.

Its 1,213 hectares cover just 7.5% of the vineyards on the peninsula but contain 18 classified growths from 1855, and three first growths – more than any other appellation.

But even here, in this most hallowed of grounds, there are plenty of differences in style. For a start, although there are an abundance of gravel soils, mainly set on outcrops that range from 3m to 30m in height, there are also pockets of sand, clay and even limestone.

Scroll down for Jane’s Pauillac 2015 tasting notes & scores

Jane’s 12 top Pauillac 2015 wines from the tasting:

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