- Blend59 % Cabernet-Sauvignon, 36 % Merlot, 3 % Petit Verdot, 2 % Cabernet franc
- WinemakerManon Lorenzetti
- Farming MethodCertified Organic
- Aging/Cooperage18 months in 60% new and 40% one year old French oak
Chateau Pedesclaux Pauillac 2016
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!