I taste the countryside in this wine—dusty roads, the sun warming fields of hay, bees buzzing about my head drawing attention from the skittering birds riding the currents of a light breeze, which carries a slight whiff of manure.
The nose is expressive—layers of dark plum and tobacco topped off with pencil shavings and baked earth. But an austere, medium -bodied palate limits its appeal. Soft , reticent fruit hides behind a powerful core of minerality and tart acidity, the tannins are fine-grained and disappear quickly. Unmistakably classic Bordeaux with characteristic Pauillac dust, I keep coming back for more olfactory stimulation.
If you enjoy rusticity you will find this a pleasant companion.
Located in the Haut-Medoc region on the Left Bank, Pauilliac is home to some of the world’s best wines. This is not one of them—just a very solid ordinary wine with personality. The property is adjacent to Mouton-Rothschild who purchased it in 2005. The blend is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and some Petit Verdot and Cab Franc. Aged for 14 months.
Price: $18 (at Trader Joes)