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Chateau Pedesclaux Pauillac 2016  - First Bottle


95 James Suckling -
So aromatic with crushed currants, raspberries and blackberries with hints of graphite and lead pencil. Full-bodied and very tight with beautiful tannins and a long, flavorful finish. The tannins really build at the end of the palate. Try from 2024.
94 Decanter -
A property that has been benefitting from new investment in the form of additional, better quality plots and a new cellar that allows far greater precision - I know everyone says this, but in this case they moved from large, old wooden vats to an array of shapes and sizes. Once again in this vintage you see the results of investment, and we have an utterly delicious Pédesclaux on our hands. Well structured, it has walls but the juice runs down them like in a perfectly filtered underground cavern. Once again it is the stunningly juicy fruit that impresses on the finish, giving a mouthwatering freshness. The blend is 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc - the first vintage in the history of the estate to have all four varieties now that the new plantings have come through. Lots of small berries mean the yield is around 10% up on 2015, to 55hl/ha, without sacrificing concentration. In fact it has more race and concentration than last year, and with a tannin count of 82IPT and 12.5% press wine the apparent delicacy is impressive. 50% new oak, 3.61pH. Get on board with this wine.
94 Jeb Dunnuck -
An estate that’s unquestionably on the upswing, the 2016 Château Pédesclaux is made from 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc that spent 18 months in 60% new oak. In the past, the wines from this estate have been slightly chunky, but that started to change around 2014, and I think this 2016 is the best yet. Beautiful blue fruits, violets, spicy oak, and a touch of minerality all emerge from this medium-bodied Pauillac, which has fine, polished tannins, a seamless texture, and a great finish. With purity and finesse as well as richness and depth, it’s already reasonably approachable today, but it’s going to evolve for three decades or more.
94 Vinous -
The 2016 Pédesclaux is the first vintage to include all four grape varieties planted in the vineyard, according to Emmanuel Cruse. It has a very focused, concentrated bouquet of blackberry, graphite, hints of tobacco and a slight granitic scent - très Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied with silky tannin, impressive depth, gentle grip and a killer line of acidity. I adore the harmony and precision of this Pédesclaux, which is probably the best to date. Highly recommended. 13.3% alcohol.
93 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2016 Pedesclaux is composed of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. It aged for 18 months in 60% new and 40% one-year-old French oak. It has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed red and black currants and blackberries with cigar box, new leather, pencil lead and crushed rocks. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and lively with loads of mineral nuances and a lovely earthy finish.
92 Wine Spectator -
An extroverted style, with bold plum and blackberry compote aromas and flavors, infused with anise accents and backed by an alluring finish of toasted vanilla, violet and mocha. On the showy side, but has enough latent drive to keep it honest. Drink now through 2030.

Technical Details

  • Blend59 % Cabernet-Sauvignon, 36 % Merlot, 3 % Petit Verdot, 2 % Cabernet franc
  • WinemakerManon Lorenzetti
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • AppellationPauillac
  • Farming MethodCertified Organic
  • Aging/Cooperage18 months in 60% new and 40% one year old French oak
  • Alcohol13%
  • PH3.61

Chateau Pedesclaux Pauillac 2016

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JS95, VN94, DC94, JD94, WA93, WS92

Certified Organic
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Pauillac is perhaps the most famous Bordeaux region – with stalwart and historic First Growth Chateaus like Latour, Lafite, and Mouton – plus a whole slew of other iconic producers. In the truly monumental 2016 vintage, a lot of great wine was produced here, and this under-the-radar house is no exception! 95 POINTS for under $50 is a treat for a historic Bordeaux house on the rise!

Chateau Pédesclaux was created in 1810 when the Pédesclaux family purchased vineyard land from the famous Grand Puy estate (now divided into Grand Puy Lacoste and Grand Puy Ducasse). The Pédesclaux family were already well-established in Bordeaux as negociants (who would be key players in the original 1855 Classification of the Medoc) when they added winemaking to their resume. Over the centuries, a series of rises and falls, both in ownership and wine quality, reduced the estate to relative obscurity – especially considering some of the choice parcels available to them. Since 2009, however, things have turned a corner, and the estate has been consistently producing better and better wines that are beginning to demand the attention of top critics and Bordeaux enthusiasts alike.

Today, under the helm of the Lorenzetti family, this 49-hectare estate is one to watch. With parcels obtained from Pontet Canet, among others acquired along the Milon plateau, gives them plots with such neighbors like Lafite and Mouton, Lynch Bages, Duhart-Milon and Clerc-Milon. The Lorenzettis immediately began implementing organic farming practices, as well as a rather costly and impressive re-design of the Chateau and winemaking facilities. The centuries-old original limestone building that had fallen into disrepair by the 1960s has been reborn – enrobed with a carapace of tinted glass – as a symbol of transparency both of who they were and what they plan to be. The state-of-the-art gravity-flow winery is unadorned and clean – with angular aesthetics of glass, and polished steel – built for function and wine quality and little consideration for anything else.

Following a 10-day cold soak of the crushed grapes, the wine undergoes a temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine is barrelled down to 60% new French oak for 18 months maturation prior to bottling. When it is all said and done, the final blend clocks in at 48% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot, 4% petit verdot, and 3% cabernet franc – the first vintage to make use of all four grape varieties planted on the estate.

This beauty of a young Bordeaux is immaculately polished – with high-toned notes of raspberries and lilacs, hibiscus, red plums, and blueberries. The wine is delicate but powerful, with fine and grippy tannins that pull the wine into a dry and structured finish showcasing classic Pauillac notes of graphite and granite. This is just beginning to open, so a quick decant is suggested, but expect the depth and complexity to evolve further over the next decade. This is certainly one where you should read the critics' takes below...We think the final sentences of both Vinous’ and Decanter's 94/94 point reviews are particularly telling – “Highly recommended.” “Get on board with this wine.”

We couldn’t agree more.

PAIRING IDEAS: The high-toned nature here has me leaning towards a leaner cut – a nice veal chop, perhaps? Maybe a double-cut pork tomahawk? Keep it simple – salt and pepper, proper hard-sear, and let. It. Rest!

About the Producer

Pedesclaux is a well-respected winery located in the Pauillac appellation of Bordeaux, France. The estate has a long history of winemaking, dating back to the 19th century, and produces a range of red wines made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. The wines are known for their elegance, complexity, and balance, with notes of dark fruit, spice, and oak. The estate has undergone extensive renovations in recent years, and today boasts state-of-the-art facilities and a team of talented winemakers dedicated to producing exceptional wines. Whether you're a seasoned wine connoisseur or just starting to explore the world of Bordeaux wines, Pedesclaux is definitely a winery to watch.