Château Croizet-Bages was established in the early 18th century when the Croizet brothers purchased vineyard parcels. After numerous owners, Bordeaux negociant Paul Quie purchased the estate in 1968, and today it is run by his son Jean-Michel Quie. In 2013 the family undertook a major renovation of the 75-acre estate and the vineyards. Besides the flagship wine, the estate makes a second wine, La Tourelle de Croizet Bages, and a negociant wines, La Chartreuse du Croizet Bages.
Pauillac is Bordeaux’s most famous appellation, thanks to the fact that it is home to three of the region’s fabled first-growth châteaux, Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and Latour. Perched on the left bank of the Gironde River north of the city of Bordeaux, Pauillac is centered around the commune of Pauillac and includes about 3,000 acres of vineyards. The Bordeaux classification of 1855 named 18 classified growths, including the three above mentioned First Growths. Cabernet Sauvignon is the principal grape grown, followed by Merlot. The soil is mostly sandy gravel mixed with marl and iron. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “the textbook Pauillac would tend to have a rich, full-bodied texture, a distinctive bouquet of black currants, licorice and cedary scents, and excellent aging potential.”