2005 Pedesclaux, Pauillac

SKU #1040980

This Fifth Growth estate is on its way up! Long considered an under-achiever, the estate has really started to turn around since Brigitte and Denis Jugla took command in 1996--focusing their energy on quality. The 2005 vintage is a beacon of the estate's potential. It may be THE great value of the vintage. It was rated 18/20 points by Decanter Magazine and given five stars, the highest rating of all the vintage's Pauillacs (and scored on par with Mouton-Rothschild): "Very pure cassis. Hidden depths - unevolved but self-assured. Terrific intensity of flavour, power and length. Ripe fruit, supremely well-integrated tannin and acidity. A baby. Drink from 2015." A blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot and 5% cabernet franc. K&L's Bordeaux Buyer, Clyde Beffa Jr says: "The best I have ever had from Pedesclaux. Perfect balance and sweet palate impression. Slightly New World but together and delicious. Great cellar candidate. Finally a great Pedesclaux!"

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/30/2009  | Send Email
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Here is one for the cellar. Try this against Mouton 2005 in 10 years. This perennial underachiever has finally achieved!. Rich and round. My barrel notes-. "A blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot and 5% cabernet franc.The best I have ever had from Pedesclaux. Perfect balance and sweet palate impression. Slightly New World but together and delicious. Great cellar candidate. Finally a great Pedesclaux!"
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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pauillac

- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.