Located between the communes of Saint-Estephe and Saint-Julien in the Haut-Medoc of Burgundy, on the left bank of the Gironde, Pauillac is a small appellation that produces some of the most coveted wines in the world. It is generally agreed that Pauillac is the single greatest of the Medoc communes and it contains three of the five First Growths: Latour, Lafite Rothschild, and Mouton Rothschild. The vineyards are slightly elevated compared to surrounding districts and generally full of gravel. The style of the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blends is firm, concentrated, and age-worthy with a signature minerally, "pencil shaving" quality to the aromatics. (Wine/Appellations)