Four years ago, Jeb Dunnuck called Château Pédesclaux a "Pauillac estate on the serious upswing," and the ensuing years have only ratified that judgment.

Witness this beauty — a perfectly-aged expression of density, precision, expressiveness, and length that James Suckling awarded 95 points.

The rise of Pédesclaux into the upper ranks of the wine world began just over a decade ago. In 2009, Jacky Lorenzetti, of Lilian Ladouys and Issan, acquired the property, and set himself an exceedingly difficult goal: to take an already great estate and make it into something greater.

He had considerable resources to work with, starting, most obviously, with an elite pedigree. Founded in 1810, Pédesclaux is a Grand Cru Classé, with 46 hectares of land in one of the most prestigious regions of Bordeaux, as well as vines with an average age of 35 years old. One of his first initiatives was to enlarge the vineyards, located on the Milon plateau next to parcels owned by Lafite and Mouton Rothschild. Another was to introduce laser optical sorting, to more precisely select only perfect bunches of grapes. Otherwise, the focus of vineyard management is on good, old-fashioned labor, with everything done by hand (including de-budding, de-leafing, and crop thinning) to retain the quality and character of the fruit.

The results have transformed the winery into a Pauillac powerhouse, with wines that, year after year, compete with the upper echelon of Bordeaux — but for a fraction of the price.

Like this '16.

Traditionally Pédesclaux is a blend, with higher levels of Merlot, but the '16 vintage is made up of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc that spent 18 months in 60% new oak.

In our tastings, we found this to be a total terroir wine. Its power comes from Pédesclaux's rich clay soils, while its suppleness and elegance derive from the gravel.

Suckling hailed it for its aromatics, "beautiful tannins,” and “long, flavorful finish."

Dunnuck, in a 94-point review, called the '16 "the best yet" from this estate, noting that the quality of the winemaking "started to change around 2014," becoming purer and more focused. "Beautiful blue fruits, violets, spicy oak, and a touch of minerality all emerge from this medium-bodied Pauillac, which has fine, polished tannins, a seamless texture, and a great finish. With purity and finesse as well as richness and depth, it’s already reasonably approachable today, but it’s going to evolve for three decades or more."

This is a wine you simply don't want to miss — and especially with our special Concierge Family pricing, which brings your cost to just under $56 a bottle!



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