2014 Fleur de Pedesclaux, Pauillac (Previously $30)

SKU #1313854 90 points James Suckling

 Quite developed soy-sauce and earth nose. A solid wine with quite a firm core, but it’s not very charming at the moment. The harmony on the finish is good though.  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

The second wine of the hottest new Pauillac - Pedesclaux. A more flowery wine with good red fruit flavors and some tannin to shed.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2017 | Send Email
Fruity and rich for a young Pauillac but well developed and delicious to drink now. This is the 2nd wine of a property to watch closely.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2017 | Send Email
This lovely Pauillac from one of our favorite value properties in the communie shows pretty mixed berry fruits and a rather sumptuous, supple quality which belies the more typically classic and restrained quality of the 2014 vintage. That said, this precocious Pauillac is delicious now and should continue to drink well for a decade.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/2/2017 | Send Email
Pauillac. The heart of the Médoc. Home to no fewer than three of the five First Growths. In addition, there are an even dozen Fifth Growths, most famously Lynch Bages and Pontet Canet. The list also includes Chateau Pédesclaux, itself one of the few remaining bargains in Pauillac. If you are looking for genuine value though, and prefer to drink your wines sooner rather than later, consider their second label Fleur de Pédesclaux. The 2014 is a marvel, redolent of oak spice and replete with generous dark fruit. With the bulk of the estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon reserved for the Grand Vin, this second label relies on Merlot for the majority of the blend, yielding a wine that is intentionally softer in style and more immediately accessible.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2017 | Send Email
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Tasted on our April 2017 Bordeaux trip. Spicy, peppery nose and flavors. A bit modern, but solid and extremely well-balanced. The second wine of Pedesclaux, and this property is really making outstanding wines. The north Medoc wines in 2014 are outstanding.
Drink from 2017 to 2030

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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 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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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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.