Pedesclaux 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores

92-94+

Wine Advocate

Drink Date
2025 - 2040

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Pedesclaux charges out of the gate with energetic notes of crushed blackberries, black raspberries and ripe blackcurrants, followed by suggestions of menthol, aniseed, violets and cedar chest. The medium-bodied palate quivers with vibrant, crunchy black and red berries layers, framed by firm, ripe tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing long and deliciously savory.

90-92

Neal Martin

The 2020 Pédesclaux clearly possesses more complexity and terroir expression than the Deuxième Vin, featuring pressed iris and violet intermixed with blackberry and blueberry scents. There is an underlying mineralité/crushed rock note in the background that lends tension. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. Saline and marine influenced, this is more sapid than maybe the previous two vintages, though it would benefit from a little more elegance and precision on the finish. But overall, this is a fine Pauillac. - vinous.com

89-91

Michael Schuster

(56% CS, 34% M, 5% CF, 5% PV; 55% harvest; 13.07% ABV)
Noticeably blackberry fruity nose, with a touch of new wood; fullish, very fresh, firmly but quite finely tannic; like many on the Left Bank this year, the ripe red fruit here is marked by its lively and appetizing acidity; moderately complex, but refined, quite aromatic, subtly mouthcoating, and with very nice length. Complete and stylish. 2026–40+.

95-96

James Suckling

This is very chewy with dusty tannins and blackberry and blueberry character. Some chocolate, too. Full and layered. Such beautiful violet and black-cherry quality at the end with some raspberries, 56% cabernet sauvignon. 34% merlot, 5% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot. First year with organic farming. A nice step-up in quality.

16.5

Jancis Robinson

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. Cask sample.
Finely scented nose with dark fruit and subtle vanilla oak to the fore. Pure and precise on the palate, the fruit at perfect pitch, the tannins finely honed. Cool and fresh with a saline edge on the finish. Lacks the power of top Pauillac but sleek and well defined. (JL)

92-94

Jeff Leve

Dark garnet in color, the wine is all about its creme de cassis, flowers, blackberries, cigar wrapper, smoke and green forest leaf aromatics. Vibrant and silky with freshness to the fruits bringing you lift and definition. The wine finishes with a touch of cocoa, tobacco and ripe, sweet, juicy, savory currants that linger. This is clearly an estate on the rise. Give this at least 7 years of aging before pulling a cork. The wine is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. 92-94

93

Decanter

Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
Part of Best Pauillac 2020 wines tasted en primeur

Appealing graphite and black cherry notes on the aromatics, a little subdued once you hit the palate, elegant, juicy, really needs time in the glass, fennel, those lovely wild herbs that add an extra dimension and kick, has persistency but is a little short. Juicy on the finish. Could move upwards in score after ageing.

Drinking Window 2028 - 2046