Château Pédesclaux 2014

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• Domaine: Château Pédesclaux
• Appellation: Pauillac
• Classification: Fifth Growth, 5ème Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

Château Pédesclaux is a Fifth Growth estate and one of the hidden gems of Pauillac.  The wines from this property have more than their fair share of charm, and the philosophy here is that a great Pauillac does not need to be austere in its youth.  Though the grand vin is able to age for years like some of the most compelling Pauillacs, it is also fantastically beguiling when drunk young.  Given the recent renovations at the estate and ever-increasing quality levels,  there has been an influx of critical acclaim – with many scores in the 95 or higher range.  More and more critics are beginning to sing the praises of this estate, and Château Pédesclaux is without a doubt a rising star Fifth Growth property that is still affordably priced.    

The history of this estate dates all the way back to 1810 when Pierre Urban Pédesclaux purchased the Pauillac property, Grand Puy.  He changed the name to Château Pédesclaux after the family.  The Pédesclaux family were already well established négociants in Bordeaux,  and Edmond Pédesclaux was one of the brokers who determined the ranking system of the original 1855 Médoc Classification.  In 1883, the property was enlarged and more vines were purchased from the Cruse family, who owned Château Pontet-Canet back then. The property changed hands multiple times at the turn of the century and in 1950 had fallen into a serious state of neglect and disrepair.  In fact, the estate was no longer making wine.  Fortunately, Lucien Jugla, a gentleman who worked tirelessly at the estate for 20 years, managed to save up enough money to purchase it.  He carefully restored the vineyards and planted them with a heavy percentage of Merlot – a very unique occurrence for Pauillac.

The real excitement for Château Pédesclaux began when the Lorenzetti family purchased it in 2009. Jacky Lorenzetti, a former real estate tycoon and French/Swiss businessmen, was very keen on snapping up properties he referred to as the, “sleeping beauties,” of the Médoc.  The Lorenzetti family already owned the widely-popular Château Lillian Ladouys in Saint-Estèphe and would go on to purchase Château d’Issan in Margaux in the future.  Day to day operations are still very much within the family, and Jacky, Francoise and Manon work cohesively to ensure they produce incredible wines on a yearly basis. 

The Lorenzettis enlarged the vineyards to the 48 hectares they are today.  They switched over vineyard management so everything was done by hand and implemented laser optical sorting after the grapes are picked.  As of 2018, half of the vineyards were farmed biodynamically and in 2019 the property converted to 100% organic viticulture. A stunning gravity flow winery was built shortly after the Lorenzetti family got involved with the estate, adding a freshness and softness to these wines.  At Château Pédesclaux, there is one goal: to create the best possible wine and express the diversity of their 19 different types of terroirs.  The wines from this estate are multilayered, with complexity and tension.  Without a doubt, they overdeliver.

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Stock Status Out of Stock
Appellation Pauillac
Vintage 2014
Brand Chateau Pedesclaux
Shipping Weight 3.000000


Pauillac is best known as the appellation that produces 3 of the 5 First Growths estates in Bordeaux. Blessed by an exceptional terroir, Pauillac is located in the northern part of the Médoc peninsula, on the Left Bank along the Gironde estuary, an ideal placement contributing to moderating the climate and providing optimal conditions for wine cultivation. Pauillac is bordered by two other prestigious wine appellations: Saint-Estèphe to the north and Saint-Julien to the south.

Pauillac's terroir, characterized by gravelly soils, is often considered one of the finest for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon, the predominant grape in Pauillac’s blends. The gravel helps with drainage and reflects heat, encouraging ripening and concentration of flavors in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec grapes. Such exceptional predispositions explain that Pauillac is home to some of Bordeaux's most renowned and iconic wine estates. They include First Growths estates such as Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild, and Château Latour. Other famous estates include Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Château Pichon-Lalande, Château Duhart-Milon, Château Pontet-Canet, Château Batailley, Château Lynch Bages, Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Château Grand-Puy Ducasse, Château Haut-Batailley, Château Lynch-Moussas, Château d'Armailhac, Château Haut-Bages Liberal, Château Pedesclaux, Château Clerc Milon, Château Croizet-Bages.

Pauillac wines are known for their deep color, complex aromas, and rich, full-bodied flavors, including notes of cassis, blackcurrant, cedar, tobacco, and graphite, with a pronounced tannic structure, which require several years or even decades of bottle aging to reveal their full potential. 

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