2014 Chateau Pedesclaux

Year: 2014
Appellation: Pauillac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 88-91
James Suckling: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 91-93--Jeff Leve: 89-91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$37.95

WHAT AN UNDER-PRICED PAUILLAC!!

"Fresh and engaging, with a vivid plum and cassis core spiked with anise details and backed by a lightly singed spice note on the finish. Shows a pure graphite edge. Approachable now. Drink now through 2024. 12,500 cases made. –JM " (WS)

"The 2014 Pédesclaux has a tightly wound bouquet with redcurrant and crushed strawberry fruit, cedar and cigar box aromas filtering through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, plenty of black fruit laced with cedar and black pepper, though it does not quite deliver the complexity that I think the 2015 will on the finish. Still, it is a very capable vintage from the rejuvenated château that is certainly going places in the same way that Pontet-Canet did in the 1990s. Tasted twice with consistent notes." (WA)

"Dark red cherries, plums, smoke, new leather and cedar meld together in the 2014 Pédesclaux. Silky, supple and expressive even in its youth, the 2014 will drink well with minimal cellaring. The high percentage of Merlot in the blend gives Pédesclaux lovely juiciness and much of its soft, easygoing personality. The blend is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Merlot. Tasted two times." (VM)

"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." (JS)

"91–93. Barrel Sample. From an up and coming property in Pauillac, this wine shows firm tannins and lively acidity on the palate, with a fruit kick on the finish." (WE)

"Tobacco, cedar, licorice and cassis on the nose, this wine has smooth tannins, freshness, and the polished finish of dark plums. The wine was produced from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Merlot. 89-91 Pts" (JL)

THIS GRAND CRU PAUILLAC, HAS FINALLY MADE A COME BACK WITH ITS 2014, $37.95 BARGAIN 2014 CHATEAU PEDESCLAUX, Grand Cru Classe Pauillac

Though classified as one of the 50 plus Chateaux in Bordeaux to receive a GRAND CRU rating 1855 (as a 5th growth) it was a mediocre wine for maybe a century plus, I used the word “was” because in the last few years its quality had shown a marked increase and yet still sells at a most reasonable discount store price of $37.95, a price especially notable for an official Bordeaux Grand Cru.

Chateau Pedesclaux is situated in the northern part of Pauillac near the Gironde and is divided into four parcels all near the town of Pauillac. The cepage for the roughly 30 acres of vineyards is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and a 2% touch of Petit Verdot. The production is around 8,000 cases a year. I agree and paraphrase Neal Martin in his Parker Guide newsletter review when he describers this 2014 basically as a wine with a tightly wound bouquet and red currant and crushed strawberry fruit, cedar and cigar box aromas. On the palate this is a full to medium-bodied wine with firm tannin, plenty of black fruit laced with cedar and black pepper. As for Pedesclaux itself this Chateau is certainly going places in the same way that the now great Pontet-Canet did in the 1990’s.

Though presently I enjoyed this 2014, it will continue to improve for several more years and continue to be fine drinking throughout the mid to late 2020’s.

RATING: 94

PRICE: $37.95, *** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)