Chateau Pedesclaux 2016 (Half Bottle)
One of Pauillac’s less well-known estates, Château Pédesclaux is well situated in front of Mouton Rothschild and Pontet-Canet. The property’s history dates back to the early 19th century when Urbain Pédesclaux a renowned trader on the Bordeaux marketplace acquired some vineyards put up for sale following the Revolution, and established the estate in 1810. When the wines of the region were classified in 1855, Pédesclaux was granted the title of Fifth Growth.
Pédesclaux has the complexity that reflects the terroir it springs from. On this mosaic of soils, the clays convey power while the gravels express pure elegance. Pédesclaux embodies the depth that is the quintessence of Pauillac, balanced by a unique sensuality. With each vintage, the painstaking work on these excellent plots pays off, while the revolutionary equipment in the winery enables the wine to develop its own unique personality.
2016 is the first vintage in the history of Château Pédesclaux to combine the 4 grape varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in its blend. Intense velvety red color, with a complex nose of unique depth, with notes of blackberry jam, fleshy Burlat cherry, mint and salted butter caramel blend with rhubarb to express a fresh nose. The body is ample and delightful, smooth and sensual, yet keeps being dense. It offers a palatable and salivating texture, backed with notes of spices, licorice, and roasted hazelnuts reminiscent of biscuits just out of the oven. The expression of wild berries mixed with wild rose brings the vivacity, as necessary for a good balance.
Pairs well with slow cooked ribs, polenta, beef stew with truffled potatoes, any hard cheese such as cheddar.
Robert Parker 93 Points
James Suckling 94-95 Points
Country: Bordeaux - France