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2020 Château Pedesclaux En Primeur

Château Pedesclaux is an estate we think is worth getting on board with early.  Like Lynch-Bages and Pontet-Canet, to which it is adjacent, this is a fifth growth Pauillac, in the doldrums until it was bought by property investor and rugby club owner Jacky Lorenzetti.  He now runs Pedesclaux with his daughter Manon and clearly has his sights set on equalling those other fifths. 

When we first visited here a few vintages back it was an amazing display of cutting-edge Bordeaux wine making technology.  The dark oblong winery looms over the vineyard and has the most amazing display of high tech stainless steel we have ever seen.  There is an enormous sense of focus and intent in the team. The vintages we have tasted tend toward being complex, serious, dark-fruited, muscular and full of crushed rock mineral character. 

Offered at £320 per dozenSuckling scores the 2020 95-96 points.  We would not be at all surprised if wines from this estate were trading at closer to twice this price in ten years from now. 

Bordeaux En Primeur, Landing in spring 2023

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Château Pedesclaux, Pauillac

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Château Pedesclaux, Pauillac

Château Pedesclaux is a Cinquièmes Cru Classé in Pauillac.  Without the prominence of fellow 'fifths' such as Lynch-Bages and the adjacent Pontet-Canet, this is clearly an estate with the ambition to match those famous names and which is going places fast.  Property magnate and rugby club owner Jacky Lorenzetti has invested heavily here (as at Lilian Ladouys) since buying the estate.  Visiting here, you cannot help but be impressed by the intentionality displayed everywhere, from the gleaming, gravity-fed winery to the glass-clad château designed by architect Jean-Michel Willmotte.  

The 50 hectares of vines are on deep gravel, blended with clay and some limestone. The vines are 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The second wine is Fleur Pedesclaux.

The excellent animation below illustrates how well Pedesclaux's gravity-fed vats operate.  Sheer genius and yet so simple!



RED 2020 Château Pédesclaux 75cl £320 per case of 12 Château Pédesclaux
2020 / / 75cl
£320 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Pédesclaux clearly possesses more complexity and terroir expression than the Deuxième Vin, featuring pressed iris and violet intermixed with blackberry and blueberry scents. There is an underlying mineralité/crushed rock note in the background that lends tension. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. Saline and marine influenced, this is more sapid than maybe the previous two vintages, though it would benefit from a little more elegance and precision on the finish. But overall, this is a fine Pauillac. 90-92 points" Neal Martin,"Appealing graphite and black cherry notes on the aromatics, a little subdued once you hit the palate, elegant, juicy, really needs time in the glass, fennel, those lovely wild herbs that add an extra dimension and kick, has persistency but is a little short. Juicy on the finish. Could move upwards in score after ageing. Drinking Window 2028 - 2046. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"I loved the 2020 Château Pédesclaux, which shows the fresher, more focused, vibrant style of the vintage while still bringing good depth of fruit and texture. Cassis, blueberries, violets, tobacco, and chocolate notes all emerge from the glass, and this beauty is medium to full-bodied, with a pure, focused mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It's not massive, and I'd like more breadth, yet its purity and precision are terrific. 92-94 points""Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Pedesclaux charges out of the gate with energetic notes of crushed blackberries, black raspberries and ripe blackcurrants, followed by suggestions of menthol, aniseed, violets and cedar chest. The medium-bodied palate quivers with vibrant, crunchy black and red berries layers, framed by firm, ripe tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing long and deliciously savory. Drink 2025-2040. 92-94+ points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, ------"This is very chewy with dusty tannins and blackberry and blueberry character. Some chocolate, too. Full and layered. Such beautiful violet and black-cherry quality at the end with some raspberries, 56% cabernet sauvignon. 34% merlot, 5% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot. First year with organic farming. A nice step-up in quality. 95-96 points"

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