Pauillac Lamb Festival: Pauillac (33 Gironde, Nouvelle Aquitaine) celebrates a wonderful pairing – Spring Lamb and claret – well the wines of the commune of Pauillac AC – a small village and port in the Medoc which also has the distinction of hosting 3 of the 5 “first growths” in the 1855 classification of Bordeaux wines – Chateaux Lafite, Latour and Mouton-Rothschild! I somehow doubt if the celebrations will include liberal samples of these elixirs!!
The event takes place 20 May 2018 and includes a banquet, sheep dog demos, “meet the sheep”, sheep shearing, a Spring market, boat trips, an art exhibition and a chance to buy a beret!
Lamb is a specialty of the area, as there are marshy areas near the river which are totally unsuitable for vines, but excellent for rearing saltmarsh lamb. It makes Pauillac quite a contradiction and rather more lively than much of the Medoc – especially as there is the incongruity of an industrial port and oil terminal juxtaposed with some of the most valuable and celebrated vineyards on the planet.
Pauillac is about 50km north of Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne. Pauillac AOC consists of 3,000 acres of vineyards in the Haut-Médoc between the villages of Saint-Julien to the south and Saint-Estèphe to the north.
For more info see www.pauillac-medoc.com
You can stay in the 4-star hotel on the wine estate of Chateau Cordeillan-Bages!