2009 Pedesclaux, Pauillac

SKU #1091558 93 points James Suckling

 Huge improvement here. This is full-bodied, with super polished tannins and light smoky, chocolaty and plum character. Long and polished. Very fine indeed. Drink after 2016.  (8/ 2012)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Packed with Cabernet blackcurrant flavors, very ripe and laden with blackcurrants. Great final freshness.  (8/ 2010)

92 points Wine Spectator

 An amped-up style, with showy aromatics of toasty spice and wood, but there's good solid density to the blackberry, black currant and fig fruit, and the toast melds into a more honest graphite edge through the finish. A solid expression of the modern style. Best from 2013 through 2025.  (3/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 is dark ruby and has some moderately intense notes of black currants, cherries, cedar and wood smoke. Some spice box also makes an appearance in this medium-bodied, pleasant but straightforward Pauillac. Drink it over the next decade.  (2/ 2012)

K&L Notes

*1/2+ Big wine, with lots of lead pencil and a good finish. Tons of chocolate, spice and flowers on the nose. Packed with loads of ripe black fruits and a freshness never achieved by this property. Bravo.

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/3/2012  | Send Email
This classified Fifth Growth seems to fly under the radar of many Bordeaux buyers, but the ’09 is not to be passed up. Coffee, graphite, spice and ripe black fruit on the nose. The black fruit dominates the palate, but all the lovely layers of mineral, spice and coffee are evident all the way through the finish. This wine shows seamless power along with lovely layers and bright acidity.

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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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Bordeaux

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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.