2010 Pédesclaux, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
Lovely berry and chocolate character with full body, velvety tannins and a balance of mineral and currants. Finally on its way up.
A solid core of cassis and blackberry fruit is liberally framed by dark cocoa and espresso notes and carried through the caressing, blueberry-, spice- and licorice-filled finish. A modern style that will have fans for sure. Best from 2014 through 2025.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This final blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc hit 13.5% natural alcohol. Never one of my favorite wines, the 2010 is certainly a major, if not dramatic, improvement. Deep, subtle, herbaceous black currant fruit, cedar and Christmas fruitcake jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, ripe, well-made wine, which displays some subtle oak as well as excellent ripeness, texture and length. It should drink well for at least 15 or more years. This under-achieving estate, which is under the same management as Chateau Lilian Ladouys, seems to have made a huge step forward with this wine.
"Perhaps the finest Pedesclaux I have ever tasted, this property appears to be coming back." (Robert Parker, 05/2011)