It is remarkable what a difference a few metres can make when it comes to vineyards and the wine they produce. At the southern edge of the Pauillac appellation sits Château Latour, an estate which many – including myself – would regard as the appellation’s grandest. The château, dovecot and extensive winery buildings are surrounded by a gently undulating ocean of vines, old but strong, the waves of this vinous ocean carrying a spray of creamy white and pale-grey pebbles. The wines that come from these soils, these vines, is one of the most sought after in all Bordeaux.
And then, at the northern limit of the Latour vineyard lies the Route de la Rivière, a small road which runs down to the palus, the uncultivated pasture that borders the Gironde, before turning northwards and heading directly into Pauillac itself.Please log in to continue reading: