With three First Growths (Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild, and Latour) and numerous other prestigious classified growth estates within its borders, Pauillac tends to be one of the pricier appellations in Bordeaux. Known for its deep gravel banks, this region produces some of the most admired and long-lived cabernet sauvignons in the world.
While bargains aren’t easy to find within this region, there are still a handful of excellent wines you can still pick up for less than $60. (Prices current as of 7/6/2011.)
This 2nd wine of Grand Puy Lacoste, a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, is made for earlier drinking than the first wine. Neal Martin of eRobertParker.com scored it 90-92. Buy now for $28
One of the least well-known Pauillac estates, this 5th classified growth offers great value for its price. Top scores received include Jancis Robinson (16), James Suckling (91-92), and Wine Spectator (90-93). Buy now for $40
Echo de Lynch-Bages
The 2nd label of popular estate Lynch-Bages, Echo is the new, rebranded name of Haut-Bages Averous. High scores include James Suckling (90-91) and Neal Martin of eRobertParker (90-92).