2013 Pedesclaux, Pauillac

SKU #1252829 92 points James Suckling

 Aromas of blueberry, black currant and stone. Full body, very structured and chewy. Lots of cabernet sauvignon undertones. Very salty. Needs time to soften. Give it two or three years to soften.  (2/2016)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The classic Pauillac notes of cedar wood, Christmas fruitcake and creme de cassis make an appearance in this wine. With vineyards well-situated on the so-called Milon Plateau adjacent to vineyards owned by Mouton Rothschild and Lafite Rothschild, its neighborhood is luxury-class and the wine is beginning to reflect that. It is medium to full-bodied, shows good, even excellent depth, impressive purity, no herbaceousness or astringency and plenty of blue and black fruits that are often characteristic of a top Pauillac. The tannins are light, so the wine is best drunk in its first 10-12 years of life. (RP)  (8/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Offers solid, grippy plum and black currant fruit, with charcoal and tobacco shadings and lovely floral note drifting throughout. Features solid cut and depth. One of the sleeper hits of the vintage. (JM)  (3/2016)


 The 2013 Pedesclaux fleshes out nicely in the glass. Dark red cherry, plum, new leather and menthol notes wrap around the juicy, layered finish. The 2013 isn't super complex, but it is delicious and should drink beautifully upon release. There is a lot to like here. The blend is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Tasted twice. (AG)  (4/2014)

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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 M├ędoc 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.


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- 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.