Chateau Pedesclaux 2016

Chateau Pedesclaux 2016

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In 1810, Pierre Urban Pedesclaux purchased vineyards from Grand Puy. In 1841, he began construction of a winery in the center of Pauillac. He transferred ownership of the estate to his son in 1849. Pedesclaux was granted the growth status in the 1855 classification. Luckily for the estate, Pierre Urban Pedesclaux was a member of the group deciding the rankings. After a few sales, In 1951 the estate falls into the hands of Lucien Jugla, whose family has roots in the Medoc dating back to the middle ages. In 1960, Pedesclaux is merged with Château Belle-Rose. The building at Chateau Belle Rose is the image on the label. In 2009, Francois and Jacky Lorenzetti acquire the property. They expand the vineyard area to 48 hectares with purchase of Chateau Haut Milon and Chateau Behere.

The 48 hectare, Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Pedesclaux is planted to 48% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc. In time, it is the goal of the estate to continue to increase the portion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyards.

In 2018, 50% of the vineyards are either organically or biodynamically farmed.  They expect to be completely certified in 2020.

Wine Spectator: 93
Ironclad grip frames a core of dark currant fruit, with flecks of tobacco and pepper chiming in on the finish. Textbook Pauillac.
Wine Advocate: 95
The 2016 Pedesclaux is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, picked between 29 September and 18 October, matured in 60% new oak. It has a tightly-wound bouquet with blackberry and raspberry fruit, a touch of iodine and graphite. I like the subtle nature of this Pedesclaux, the brooding intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, crisp and fresh, a gorgeous salinity and a long and persistent, lightly spiced finish. This leaves the 2015 Pedesclaux far behind.
Decanter: 94
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 Pdesclaux 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.
Vinous: 93
The 2016 Pdesclaux is ripe, voluptuous and downright delicious. Although not especially complex, Pdesclaux has an immediacy that is hugely appealing. Black cherry, chocolate, smoke, mocha and licorice add to its sumptuous, racy personality. This is a wine of pure, unadulterated pleasure. The 2016 spent a whopping two months on the skins (including a 10-15 day cold soak) and will see about 50% new oak during its planned 18 months in barrel. Eric Boissenot is the consulting winemaker. Tasted two times.
James Suckling: 95
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.