Fleur de Pedesclaux, Pauillac 2013
Second wine of up & coming Chateaux Pedesclaux, a wine delivering enticing bouquet with a full bodied, graphite-tinged finish in an approachable vintage
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Bin Ends, Second Wines
Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Varietals
Casual Entertainment, Formal Entertainment
Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Left Bank
One of Pauillac’s less well-known estates, Chateau Pédesclaux is well situated in front of Mouton Rothschild and Pontet-Canet.
The property’s history dates back to the early 19th century when Urbain Pédesclaux – a renowned trader on the Bordeaux marketplace – acquired some vineyards put up for sale following the Revolution and established the estate in 1810. Symbolising the bourgeoisie’s arrival in the Médoc (previously under aristocratic rule), Urbain Pierre Pédesclaux set about building the estate’s reputation. When the wines of the region were classified in 1855, Chateau Pédesclaux was granted the title of Fifth Growth.
The estate was acquired by Françoise and Jacky Lorenzetti in 2009. Over the next few years they purchased new parcels, almost doubling the property’s footprint from 26 to 50 hectares. The vineyards underwent significant work with soil studies and replanting, and in 2014, opened a new chapter, its vineyards fully restructured and an impressive new gravity-fed winery and cellaring facilities.
Fleur de Pedesclaux is the second wine of Chateau Pedesclaux, made from younger vines
Consultant – Eric Boissenot & Christophe Coupez
Vines – Planted area 36 hectares, with average age of 35 years
Blend – 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. 5% Petit Verdot
All work favours a good distribution and aeration of the grapes: Vertical shoot positioning, thinning. Hand picked selective harvest, with separation of end and hearts. Manual harvest in small crates and sorting. Cold maceration during 15 days, following by long maceration of weeks. Rack and Return by gravity with punching down.
Ageing – 16 months if 33% new oak, 2/3 second fill.
Pédesclaux’s second wine is a flower which opens up as you approach. The wine’s higher proportion of Merlot gives it a tender and gentle style with an ample, silky structure. Its fruit aromas are intense, crisp and delicious.
It has a clean and precise bouquet with a touch of gravel, tinged with a scintilla of blood orange. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin, not heavy in the mouth and nicely balanced on the simple, graphite-tinged finish. Enjoy this for 4-6 years after bottling. Fleur de Pédesclaux can be drunk in its very early years.
James Suckling – 89 points