With vineyards running from Saint-Julien in the south to Saint-Estèphe in the north, from the banks of the Gironde to back into Haut-Médoc country in the east, the style of Pauillac is varied, but in most cases dominated by the briary depth of Cabernet Sauvignon that gives a firmness that needs ageing. Alongside the habitual Pauillac vigour this year was a depth of ripeness that stayed on the palate, rather than being overwhelmed by firm tannins, although structure and grip was necessarily present for the long term. Many very impressive wines. Steven Spurrier

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