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2018, HOTTEST YEAR SINCE 1900

The year 2018 has been marked by the mildness of its temperatures and multiple rainy episodes in both winter and spring. These conditions have made it possible to recharge the soils' water reserves but have also generated mildew pressure unlike anything seen before. Thanks to the proximity to the estuary and the impeccable vigilance of our team, the vines of Cha?teau Pe?desclaux have been spared from this disease. The positioning of our land favors good air circulation and reduces the cryptogamic pressure. This is all the more remarkable because, following work initiated in 2012, 50% of our vineyard is now managed according to the principles of organic farming and biodynamics to measure the influence of these practices on the quality and style of our wines.

A rapid and homogeneous flowering

The sweetness of spring allowed a generous bloom, without too much coulure and without millerandage. The dramatic change in weather during July prevented early vegetative growth,
due to extremely qualitative water constraints. Sunshine was 20% above normal over the period from July to September, and 50% lower rains gave our vines the ideal conditions to produce large grapes; tiny berries, rich in aromas and flavors with a dense and suave texture. The hydric conditions, very similar to the years 2000 and 2016, is associated with an essential thermal amplitude between sunny days and cool nights. This favored a rare freshness and 
1/2aromatic complexity and tannins combining power and delicateness.

 

Optimal harvests from September 25 to October 12

The ideal climatic conditions allowed us to serenely harvest each plot, getting the best from each vine. During vinification, each grape proved to be of great aromatic power. The Cabernets Sauvignons are powerfully coated with a beautiful tannic texture. The Cabernets francs are fresh and subtle. The Merlots are a fleshy and explosive fruit, borne from a freshness bestowed by our clay-limestone subsoils. Finally, the Petits Verdots expresses subtle spicy aromas and violets.

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History

Château Pédesclaux was created in 1810 by Pierre Urbain Pédesclaux, a famous Bordeaux wine broker. Buying up land made available after the Revolution, Pédesclaux grew the reputation of the estate so rapidly that by 1855 it was classified as a Fifth Grand Cru Classé. Today the estate is owned by the Lorenzetti family, but is managed by Jean-Michel and Pierre Jugla, whose family owned the Château between 1950 and 2009, helping to restore it to its former glory.

2009. Having owned Château Lilian Ladouys (Saint-Estèphe) since 2008, Françoise and Jacky Lorenzetti acquire Pédesclaux. Within a few years they expand the vineyard’s area from 35 to 48 hectares through the successive acquisitions of Château Haut-Milon (neighbour to Mouton and Lafite) and of vines from Château Béhèré.

2013. Jacky Lorenzetti joins forces with Emmanuel Cruse by purchasing half the shares in Château d’Issan, a Margaux classified growth. Emmanuel Cruse also becomes the managing director of Pédesclaux.

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Vineyards

The vines of Pédesclaux sit upon a geological masterpiece whose origins date back 40 million years. It is this unique terroir, the Médoc par excellence, which was recognised by the 1855 classification.

The Médoc’s exceptional geology was truly revealed to all during the 17th and 18th centuries. Europe and the world discovered that this terroir had a gift for producing wines of incomparable finesse. The great chateaus began to emerge, and with them the first attempts at classification.

The 1855 classification is the most famous. Commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce for the Exposition Universelle in Paris, it differentiates between 61 red wine crus, 18 of which are in the Pauillac commune alone. It was drawn up by traders on the basis of the sales prices recorded in their archives. 160 years later, the 1855 classification still inspires dreams, as do the terroirs recognised at the time.

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Winemaking

Two centuries after its birth, Pédesclaux is experiencing an unprecedented revival. Jacky and Françoise Lorenzetti set out on this adventure with the same passion that drives everything they undertake.

Overhaul and expansion of the vineyard, construction of cellars designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte: they certainly make ambitious choices. When Jacky Lorenzetti sold Foncia in 2008 he wanted to take up new challenges close to his heart, in particular in the fields of rugby and wine. This dual passion is shared by his wife Françoise and his in-laws, originally from Sainte-Foy-La-Grande

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5m 13d ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pedesclaux . In a tasting of  22 wines 

In 2018 Pauillac was again one of the star appellations and there will be some legendary wines from here this vintage. Mouton was probably my personal favorite, it just has everything you want from a perfect vintage of Mouton and Pauillac. Alcohol clocking in at 13,8 or so is not frightening either. My surprise was that Pichon Comtesse didn’t make an even greater wine than they did. I tasted it twice, both at the estate and at the UGCB press tasting with very similar notes. Haut-Bages Liberal was not available to taste where I normally taste it due to low production caused by mildew. Pauillac has some less expensive stars as well, Fonbadet has made their possibly finest wine to date. Armailhac and Clerc Milon has also been on a roll the last vintages and they both shine again this vintage. Lafite is bolder in style even if not that high ripeness; it is a flamboyant version of itself. Duhart-Milon is fine and less rustic than it can sometimes be. Smoother. Grand-Puy-Lacoste is stunning, maybe in a somewhat richer style but landing perfectly in the more elegant side of the vintage in my book. Lynch-Bages has more concentration and depth with lots of stuffing and will probably be for the long haul. Pichon Baron shows great depth and richness, it is a powerhouse. Latour has a similar richness with just a bit more depth. Pontet-Canet is big and rich with lots of depth but also freshness to back it all up. A very fine vintage in Pauillac.

10m 24d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pedesclaux . In a tasting of  45 wines 

2017 is a vintage bringing back Bordeaux to its roots, offering a very classic wine style with lower alcohol levels than in the previous years but with often excellent aromatic expression. 2015 and 2016 have surely been better vintages than last year, but based on a first impression 2017 seems to be better than 2014. The evolution will show, that 2017 is far from becoming a "forgotten vintage". Some nice surprises will be waiting for us.

1y 11m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pedesclaux . In a tasting of  42 wines 

2014 Château Mouton Rothschild / Ruby. Anise, spices, liquorice, exotic spices, cassis, blueberries, light minerals note beneath, layered nose, beautiful depth. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, anise, cassis, blueberries, layered and nuanced, spices, blackberries, exotic spices, bazar, minerals, layered and deep. 97

2y 1m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pedesclaux . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

2y 11m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pedesclaux . In a tasting of  75 wines 

In 2016 Pauillac has made some excellent wines and on the top, Mouton has made something very special and might be wine of the vintage competing with Petrus. Lots of estate has made excellent wines from Pauillac this year. Saint-Estephe has also made stunning wines and Cos d'Estournel has made one of the greatest wines I have ever tasted from them. Northern Médoc is far better in 2016 than in 2015, but for me, 2016 on a whole delivers more. 2015 for me eas a bit hyped even if the wines were very good indeed. 2016 probably has the edge over 2011 as well that is seriously undervalued in the market, but will give many some surprises for the future.

2y 11m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pedesclaux . In a tasting of  32 wines 

Château Margaux Pavillon 2013 / Bright yellow colour with green hue. Very elegant and persistant nose, mint, buxus, ripe peaches, fresh grapefruit, guava, hints of passion fruit and pineapple. Hints of toasted brioche and vanilla in the backgroune. On the palate well balanced with a lot of freshness and hints of salty minerality, elegant lemon peel character in the background. Great length "tout en finesse"

3y 2m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pedesclaux . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

3y 11m ago

 Rob Bellini / Sommelier, Pro (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pedesclaux . In a tasting of  21 wines 

“Château Pape Clement 2010 /This is a relatively elegant for 2010, soft, lush and rounded. The nose has an enticing combination of cassis, mulberry and cedar, and some smokiness. There is appealing balance and length, the mid-palate concentration lets it down slightly, but it rallies on the finish. Very intense and already so drinkable. The tannins merge charmingly into a long, sensual finish, with some lingering almost oriental spice lacing the palate. 95 Points”

4y 8m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pedesclaux . In a tasting of  193 wines 

“Bordeaux Primeurs 2015 / Vintage 2014 wines from 88-94 points”

4y 11m ago

 Jeff Leve, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pedesclaux . In a tasting of  29 wines 

“Bordeaux 2011 Part II”

7y 3m ago

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