2013 Château Pédesclaux Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
120,000 bottles of this 2010 vintage were bottled in June 2015.
This Pauillac Bordeaux red comes in a dark red color, nearly black to the core, bright red with darkening hues of purple to the rim.
The nose is deep, and seem shy still from the wine’s relative young age for Grand Cru Classé of Medoc.
Yet, you get some deep ripe berry fruit characters of blackcurrant and blackberry, and powerful pepperiness. A wealth of spices (clove, nutmeg, pepper we’ve said) s combined with notes of torrefaction: dark cocoa and coffee, some vanilla from discrete oaky tones.
On the palate though, is really when this young wine starts to get a little more talkative.
That’s also when the tasting pleasure starts too!
Where do we start?
It’s deep with plenty of sweet spice flavors, and the well-integrated oak detected on the nose. Like a dark chocolate, it’s somewhat savory, a little bitter but with much character and depth.
Tannins are relatively soft and smooth already, although the finish is a little grippy at this stage.
But then, there is wealth of freshness from fresh berry fruit characters, yes there is blackberry jam to it, but at the same time some tangy blueberry flavors.
A dual wine, deep and dark, but also shining with freshness and fruit yet to be fully revealed.
Complexity and depth provided by some animal tones.
Quite a fascinating wine that shines with its ripeness and the concentration of its fruit and spicy oak characters. But it has also preserved freshness and juiciness from its grapes: typical Cabernet, fresh blackcurrant tones, as well as some pepper from just-ripe fruit.
A whole spectrum of sensation are packed in here with elegance and power in much of a Pauillac style, waiting to be further revealed with a few more years of aging.
When to Drink?
Give it 3 to 5 years, so it really starts opening up without losing its vibrant fruitiness. 5 to 15 if you will be into more evolved, spicy, and complex Bordeaux wines.