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This Classified 5th Growth could definitely be your Christmas Claret this year! One of the real sleepers of the vintage, the 2012 is endowed with terrific depth and tons of...
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This Classified 5th Growth could definitely be your Christmas Claret this year! One of the real sleepers of the vintage, the 2012 is endowed with terrific depth and tons of personality. Dark cherry, raspberry, tobacco and wild flowers add multiple shades of dimension.

63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

One of Pauillac’s less well-known estates, Chateau Pédesclaux is well situated in front of Mouton Rothschild and Pontet-Canet. The property’s history dates back to the early 19th century when Urbain Pédesclaux – a renowned trader on the Bordeaux marketplace – acquired some vineyards put up for sale following the Revolution and established the estate in 1810. Symbolising the bourgeoisie’s arrival in the Médoc (previously under aristocratic rule), Urbain Pierre Pédesclaux set about building the estate’s reputation. When the wines of the region were classified in 1855, Chateau Pédesclaux was granted the title of Fifth Growth.

The estate was acquired by Françoise and Jacky Lorenzetti (the owner of Racing 92 Rugby Club in Paris) in 2009. Over the next few years they purchased new parcels, almost doubling the property’s footprint from 26 to 50 hectares.

91 points Jeb Dunnuck
The 2012 Château Pédesclaux is close to the 2011 qualitatively and is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, brought up in 75% new French oak (most vintages see 65% new oak). Cassis, toasted spice, graphite, and some pretty flower notes all emerge from this rich, nicely textured, balanced red that has fine tannin and outstanding length. It’s charming and has plenty of upfront appeal yet should cruise in the cellar for 15-20 years. (10/2018)

91 points James Suckling
This shows much more clarity than the 2011. Aromas of currants, lead pencil and flowers. Blueberries, too. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and beautiful fruit. This is a wine that shows finesse and structure for the vintage. Very polished and well made. Try in 2018. (3/2015)

91 points Vinous
The 2012 Pédesclaux has been superb on both occasions I have tasted it recently. One of the real sleepers of the vintage, the 2012 is endowed with terrific depth and tons of personality. Dark cherry, raspberry, tobacco and wild flowers add multiple shades of dimension. This is a superb showing from Pedesclaux and proprietor Jacky Lorenzetti. The 2012 is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. There can be little doubt Pedesclaux is a property to watch. (AG) (1/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator
This has a brambly feel, with a cassis bush note running throughout. The core of succulent plum, blackberry and raspberry fruit is bright and defined. Shows lots of racy grip through the finish, complemented by buried minerality. An excellent effort and a real surprise; this has blossomed following the élevage. Best from 2018 through 2025. (JM) (3/2015)

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Vintage
2012
ABV %
13%
Organic
Unknown
Vegan
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