La Rose Pauillac, the Oldest Cooperative Winery in Médoc
La Rose Pauillac is a cooperative wine producer in the village of Pauillac, about 50 kilometres north of Bordeaux. Established in 1933, it is in fact the oldest wine cooperative in the Médoc region. Originally the cooperative had 20 members and today, almost every producer in Pauillac belongs to La Rose Pauillac, with a total coverage of 25 hectares. All the members of the cooperative grow vines in the Grands Crus Classés du Médoc appellation. In total, the cooperative cellar sends out around 1,500 hectolitres per year. The headquarters of the cooperative is a picturesque stone farmhouse in the village. In the half-buried cellar, the wine ages in oak barrels which they renew every two years.
The Great Terroir of La Rose Pauillac
The soil in Pauillac is mostly gravel. The stones in the soil retain a lot of heat and allow the vine roots to grow deep. Here the main grape varieties are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Franc. They also grow a small amount of Petit Verdot grapes which they use in blends to add notes of liquorice. They carefully assemble the wines based on the grape variety, the terroir and the exact parcel the grapes come from. It’s a process that delivers great results. The cooperative’s Bois de Rose cuvée received the prestigious gold award from the Sélection de Viticulteurs. The grapes used for La Rose Pauillac’s Haut de la Bécade wines come from vines that are six to seven generations old. These parcels are in the village of Bages, overlooking the Garonne estuary.
Plan a Visit to La Rose Pauillac
Visit the winery and get to know the winemaking secrets of La Rose Pauillac. Learn more about the history of the winery as well as tasting and enjoying a wide selection of La Rose Pauillac’s wines.