Chateau Pedesclaux 2014, Pauillac 5th


Deep, inky color; tight pink rim. Cassis on the nose (mixed with nutmeg, chocolate, tobacco, cedar, licorice). Decanted, intense notes of fresh Morello cherry and blueberry. On palate, polished and harmonious(same comment by Bettane & Desseauve who awarded it with 17/20 ) with ripe soft tannins accompanied by a dense dark fruit, milky toffee, toasted cocoa. This wine is drinking ok now, but certainly will benefit by 3 to 5 years’ ageing. At this price, it can't go wrong safe bet.

One of Pauillac’s less well-known estates but has been growing in terms of popularity, particular in smaller, western restaurants(according to a wine merchant member) becasuse of high value and performance. And, it is afterall classed as a Pauillac 5th and is well-situated and is just next to Mouton Rothschild and Pontet-Canet.

We have 9 points of interests and USPs are:

  1. It is consulted by the famous Eric Boissenot, who always makes fine-palated wines.

  2. Area of the property is 49.7(90% with vines) is large enough to give good economies of scale, hence the great price always

  3. Vineyard density is high at 8 500 à 10 000 vine stocks; hence palate is always intense with a bit of tension.

  4. Vineyard average age is 35 years old, with classic terroir of Garonne gravel (quaternary) on limestone bedrock Grape varieties, hence always the classic Pauillac nose, tastes and structure.

  5. Composition (53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot) is geared for modernity, structure, flesh and body and so is not difficult to understand and appreciated

  6. ABv is 13.91%, so quite bodied and powerful.

  7. Product is low at 42 ha/litre, hence always fine palate.

  8. Always easy, ripe and creamy palate: Harvest is relatively late for both Cab (mid October!) and Merlot (late September!). Handpicked, green-harvest, plot-by-plot gravitational, whole-bunch with berries caviar-like size, long vatting time, the wine was casked per gravity (60% new barrels and 40% one year old barrels).

  9. Good rates on Vivino: 52% voted 4-star.

One word on vintage 2014. This is for Chateau Pedesclaux and in the way we interpreted a year of topsy-turvies. Plenty of rain (87% more) in the 2014 growth cycle. Spring was mild, dry and sunny and therefore we were 15 days ahead of time, cold summer, late veraison until mid-August, more sunshine(more than 20%), higher average temperatures (by 2°C than a normal vintage and less rain) in September. So 2014 seems to nurture wines with maturity and concentration (and high scores too), which is not restricted to Chateau Pedesclaux.