Château Pedesclaux 2016 - GRAND CRU CLASSÉ 1855
ABOUT THE WINE
Appellation | Pauillac
Grape | 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc
Ageing |16 months in 60% new barrels, 40% in one year old barrels.
Tasting Notes | So aromatic with crushed currants, raspberries and blackberries with hints of graphite and lead pencil. Full-bodied and very tight with beautiful tannins and a long, flavorful finish. The tannins really build at the end of the palate.
Pairing | Most Pauillac pairs well with lamb. Roasted or grilled. This 2016 Pedesclaux is no exception.
Drinking | 2022-2040 Decanter, or open the bottle an hour before if you drink now
Critic Notes / Awards | 94-95 James Suckling, 94 Decanter, 93 Robert Parker.
ABOUT THE CHÂTEAU
Chateau Pedesclaux was created by its namesake, Pierre Urbain Pedesclaux in 1810 when he purchased vineyard land from another Pauillac estate, Grand Puy. The Pedesclaux family were already established in Bordeaux as Negociants when they added winemakers to their resume.
In fact, Edmond Pedesclaux was one of the brokers that helped determine the original 1855 Classification of the Medoc. In 1883, the property was enlarged when the owner purchased vines from the Cruse family, who owned the neighboring estate of Chateau Pontet Canet at the time.
The Pedesclaux family eventually sold their Left Bank estate in 1891 to Count Gastebois. Chateau Pedesclaux passed through numerous owners’ hands until 1950 when Lucien Jugla bought Chateau Pedesclaux. At the time of the purchase, Chateau Pedesclaux was in such bad shape from years of neglect, they were not even producing wine when Lucien Jugla took over Chateau Pedesclaux!
Jugla was not a wealthy landowner. He worked at the estate for 20 years before he was able to purchase the vineyard. It was under the care of Lucien Jugla that the property and vineyards were slowly but surely restored. It was during the ownership of the Jugla family that the vineyards were planted with such a large proportion of Merlot vines.
In 1965, Chateau Pedesclaux was passed to his five children. Chateau Pedesclaux was modernized over a three-year period, finishing in 2007.
Chateau Pedesclaux The Modern Age -
In 2009, the family sold Pedesclaux to Jacky Lorenzetti who already owned Château Lilian Ladouys in St. Estephe. The transaction was completed with the financial engineering assistance of Vincent Mulliez to whom Lorenzetti has given responsibility for managing the new acquisition, as he did earlier for Lilian Ladouys
Current Owner: Jacky Lorenzetti
Soils: Garonne gravel on limestone bedrock
Farming: By 2018, 50% of the vineyards were being farmed using organic and biodynamic methods. Starting in 2019, 100% of their vineyards were farmed organically. In 2022, Chateau Pedesclaux was certified as being 100% organic