This terroir is superbly situated between Beausejour Duffau and Beau-Sejour-Becot, with Angelus within shouting distance. Predominantly Merlot (96%) with Cabernet Franc making up the remaining 4%. Modern, full-bodied, dense and brooding. Black fruits dominate the palate, incredibly pure and high but ripe, well-integrated tannins.
There seems to be just a little Cabernet in this wine, wonderful lift and sense of clarity, airy even, dark cherries, boysenberry and an odd scent of lime cordial that vanishes after five minutes in the glass. The palate is citrus-fresh on the entry, very pretty and feminine with filigree tannins and touches of fresh apricot and white peach interlacing the cassis and dark cherry fruit towards the finish.
Possibly the “wine of the vintage,” the 2008 boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as a glorious perfume of spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, camphor, truffles and crushed rocks. With great fruit on the attack and mid-palate, a medium to full-bodied, multidimensional mouthfeel and a skyscraper-like finish, this prodigious effort over-delivers, even for this phenomenal terroir. Give it 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 40-50 years.
Very dark. Sweet, putty nose. Round and sweet. Much less tart and taut than most. Easy.
16.5/20. Jancis Robinson.
***Available Summer 2017***
Released at £117.50 IB per case of 12x37.5cl (half bottles), not only does this represent extraordinary value (half the price of Climens) but when you compare the critics scores / reviews, it makes this almost too good to be true...
This is quintessential Pauillac and the best Pedesclaux I have sampled from the estate in over 10 years. The palate is full-bodied with copious sweet ripe black fruit and marked by soft tannins and wonderful harmony and tension. This is undoubtedly an outstanding Pedesclaux which could get better?
Strong graphite aroma on the nose even though there is less Cabernet Franc than in some years. Silky tannins pull you along to a dry, polished finish. Cool and fresh with sweet blueberry fruit on the mid palate and a touch of earthiness adding savour. Very fine tannins. Earlier drinking wine than 2009 or 2010.
18/20 - Julia Harding. (JancisRobsinson.com)