2016 Chateau Pedesclaux

Year: 2016
Appellation: Pauillac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 90-93
James Suckling: 95
Jeb Dunnuck: 94
Jeff Leve: 93
Red Wine
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WHAT AN UNDER-PRICED PAUILLAC!!

"An extroverted style, with bold plum and blackberry compote aromas and flavors, infused with anise accents and backed by an alluring finish of toasted vanilla, violet and mocha. On the showy side, but has enough latent drive to keep it honest. Drink now through 2030. 15,167 cases made. -JM" (WS)

"The 2016 Pedesclaux is composed of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. It aged for 18 months in 60% new and 40% one-year-old French oak. It has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed red and black currants and blackberries with cigar box, new leather, pencil lead and crushed rocks. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and lively with loads of mineral nuances and a lovely earthy finish. Around 15,000 cases produced." (WA)

"The 2016 Pédesclaux is ripe, voluptuous and downright delicious. Although not especially complex, Pédesclaux has an immediacy that is hugely appealing. Black cherry, chocolate, smoke, mocha and licorice add to its sumptuous, racy personality. This is a wine of pure, unadulterated pleasure. The 2016 spent a whopping two months on the skins (including a 10-15 day cold soak) and will see about 50% new oak during its planned 18 months in barrel. Eric Boissenot is the consulting winemaker. Tasted two times." (VM)

"So aromatic with crushed currants, raspberries and blackberries with hints of graphite and lead pencil. Full-bodied and very tight with beautiful tannins and a long, flavorful finish. The tannins really build at the end of the palate. Try from 2024." (JS)

"An estate that’s unquestionably on the upswing, the 2016 Château Pédesclaux is made from 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc that spent 18 months in 60% new oak. In the past, the wines from this estate have been slightly chunky, but that started to change around 2014, and I think this 2016 is the best yet. 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." (JD)

"Still considered the new kid on the block in Pauillac, this wine was made from blending 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 0.4% Petit Verdot and 0.3% Cabernet Franc, reaching 13.3% alcohol. Richly colored, the wine shows off its ready, saucy, crunchy cassis, tobacco, cigar box and lead pencil aromas with ease, together with a duvet of tannins, serious concentration, lift and length. As more of the vineyard becomes planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, this will keep getting better and better.3636 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017" (JL)