With its 900 hectares sandwiched between Saint-Julien in the south and Saint-Estèphe in the north, Pauillac proudly resembles neither. The Pauillac style is varied, the fragrance of Lafite, the severity of Latour and the sumptuousness of Mouton making this point strongly, the base being a density of flavour and a firmness that needs time to open up. Of all the communes, Pauillac is the most Cabernet-orientated and 2010 allowed them to play this card to perfection. Some very great, almost unsurpassable wines and very good quality overall. By Steven Spurrier

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