Château Pedesclaux 2017 - A.O.C Pauillac
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A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Pedesclaux is medium to deep garnet-purple in color. The nose reveals a stunning perfume of wilted roses, lilacs and Ceylon tea, over a core of kirsch, raspberry pie and warm blackberries plus touches of garrigue and pencil shavings. Medium-bodied, fresh and fragrant in the mouth, it has soft, easy-going tannins and a compelling iron ore note on the finish.
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This generous wine revels in its ripe Cabernet Sauvignon. It has firm tannins already fully integrated into the ripe blackberry fruit notes.
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A fresh, unadorned style, with red currant, pomegranate and bitter cherry fruit flavors giving this a racy, slightly high-pitched feel up front. Shows a solid graphite edge through the fruit, revealing a good tug of earth at the very end, with lingering tobacco and chestnut echoes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2022 through 2038. 15,000 cases made.
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Lots of plum and cherry aromas with terracotta and crushed-stone undertones. Full to medium body. Tight and juicy on the palate. Round, firm tannins, yet really spicy and flavorful. Cloves and nutmeg. Hints of new oak.
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This is packed with rich ripe fruit, a supple texture and a burnished oak feel that adds character to the vintage without being overdone. What this estate has done successfully is work with the issues of 2017 and presented a wine that is slick and has polish.
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Depuis 10 ans, chaque millésime permet au cru de monter une marche supplémentaire. Il ne faut pas négliger ce 2017 au raffinement jusqu'ici jamais atteint par Pédesclaux. Un vin dense et aristocratique.
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Vin fruité, intense, juteux, belle sève, bouche gourmande et tactile, tannins souples.
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The 2017 Pédesclaux comes across just a little smudged on the nose, though it appears to gain clarity with aeration, light touches of mint infusing the blackberry and boysenberry fruit, quite refined in style. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, well judged acidity, smooth in texture with a little more depth on the finish than I discerned out of barrel. This is turning into a very fine Pauillac.
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This estate has been on a roll of late, fashioning outstanding wine after outstanding wine, and the 2017 Chateau Pedesclaux is terrific. It reveals a vivid purple hue as well as perfumed notes of cassis, violets, and graphite. Incredibly elegant, balanced, and with silky tannins, it’s a classic Pauillac that’s already approachable yet will evolve for 20 years or more.
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A terroir recognised in 1855

The vines of Pédesclaux sit upon a geological masterpiece whose origins date back 40 million years. It is this unique terroir, the Médoc par excellence, which was recognised by the 1855 classification.

The Médoc’s exceptional geology (map) was truly revealed to all during the 17th and 18th centuries. Europe and the world discovered that this terroir had a gift for producing wines of incomparable finesse. The great chateaus began to emerge, and with them the first attempts at classification.

The 1855 classification is the most famous. Commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce for the Exposition Universelle in Paris, it differentiates between 61 red wine crus, 18 of which are in the Pauillac commune (map) alone. It was drawn up by traders on the basis of the sales prices recorded in their archives. 160 years later, the 1855 classification still inspires dreams, as do the terroirs recognised at the time.

History as heritage

Just 45 years after the estate was founded, Pédesclaux saw its name carved in the stone of the 1855 classification. The status of fifth growth (‘Cinquième Cru’) it was awarded represented much more than a mere heritage – it also imposed stringent requirements for the future.

In 1810, the wine estate is established by Pierre-Urbain Pédesclaux, also working as a wine trader. In 1821 he purchases some plots from Mr. Lacoste, the owner of Château Grand Puy in Pauillac. In 2009, having owned Château Lilian Ladouys (Saint-Estèphe) since 2008, Françoise and Jacky Lorenzetti acquire Pédesclaux. Within a few years they expand the vineyard’s area from 35 to 48 hectares through the successive acquisitions of Château Haut-Milon (neighbour to Mouton and Lafite) and of vines from Château Béhèré. Then in 2013, Jacky Lorenzetti joins forces with Emmanuel Cruse by purchasing half the shares in Château d’Issan, a Margaux classified growth. Emmanuel Cruse also becomes the managing director of Pédesclaux.

Ambitious choices 

Two centuries after its birth, Pédesclaux is experiencing an unprecedented revival. Jacky and Françoise Lorenzetti set out on this adventure with the same passion that drives everything they undertake. Overhaul and expansion of the vineyard, construction of cellars designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte: they certainly make ambitious choices.

When Jacky Lorenzetti sold Foncia in 2008 he wanted to take up new challenges close to his heart, in particular in the fields of rugby and wine. This dual passion is shared by his wife Françoise and his in-laws, originally from Sainte-Foy-La-Grande.

The dream took shape with the purchase of Château Pédesclaux. This 1855 classified growth is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Pauillac and offered potential just waiting to be uncovered. Some decisive choices were made: a thorough restructuring of the vineyard, the acquisition of new high-quality plots, and the construction of a gravity-fed winery to respect the original quality of the grapes.

Jacky and Françoise Lorenzetti are always on hand and committed to the everyday work at the estate. With them, revival is everywhere. The teams share their desire to improve precision and finesse of execution, with excellence a constant ambition.

To succeed in the world of wine, you must have good support. From the moment they arrived in the Médoc, Jacky and Françoise Lorenzetti relied on the late Vincent Mulliez who introduced them to Vincent Bache-Gabrielsen and then Emmanuel Cruse.  Vincent Bache-Gabrielsen took over the technical management of Pédesclaux. He had already been involved in Château Lilian Ladouys, a Saint-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois acquired by Jacky and Françoise Lorenzetti in 2008.

Emmanuel Cruse, the co-owner of Château d’Issan, became Pédesclaux’s managing director. He comes from a family of vineyard owners and merchants who have been in the Médoc since the 18th century, and his Bordeaux know-how and his expertise in managing a Grand Cru Classé are widely recognised.Consultant oenologist Eric Boissenot has been offering his expertise to the vinification and blending phases since 2013.

Architect, planner and designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte is known for the eclecticism of his production and the elegance and finish of his projects. He is interested in everything from the most improbable to the most apparent, from the smallest to the most imposing. Changes of scale and programme keep him on his toes and enable him to question and ‘reinvent’ himself every time, with the same constant quest for quality and attention to detail.

At Pédesclaux, Wilmotte is behind a project returning ‘production to the heart of the estate in an efficient and unified building, made integral with its environment and chateau’: a facility of excellence which makes sense in light of the estate’s history.

The cellars

In the new gravity-fed winery, everything has been designed to preserve the grapes’ aromas without any pumping whatsoever. Pédesclaux’s 21st-century buildings boast technological prowess and are also a work of architecture in their own right.

The 58 double-compartment cone tanks are perfect for plot-by-plot vinification, and enrich the range of flavours and expressions when the blend is constructed. This is all the more important since Pédesclaux owns a wide variety of terroirs across the entire appellation.

How do you showcase a 19th-century cru? By giving it a 21st-century winery, according to architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Its construction, completed in 2014, followed work on the vines beginning in 2009.

At the same time, the chateau’s facade was extended with two large glazed extensions housing a tasting room and offices, enjoying a view of the river.

Pumps are not used at any time, from the grapes’ arrival in the winery to bottling. Gravity is used for transfer thanks to the natural slope of the land and the availability of four elevator vats.

Cold storage rooms were created for two purposes. Firstly, they lower the internal temperature of the grapes for pre-fermentation maceration. Cold promotes the dissemination of colour and aromas within the must, and enables extraction to be begun as gently as possible. Secondly, they serve as a buffer for crate supply flows: grape pickers and sorters can work at their own pace without being impeded. This ensures optimum organisation of the winery.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Pedesclaux
  • Type of wine
    Fifth Classified Growth
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    49 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    35 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    50% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2022 and 2038
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Pauillac is made with a vineyard that has an area of 49 hectares by Château Pedesclaux. The average age of the vines is 35 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 14 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 50% of new barrels.


The Pauillac appellation is located on the left bank of the Gironde and brings together exceptional climatic and geological conditions, which allows it to produce very great wines. Capital of the Médoc viticole, the port city of Pauillac gave its name to the appellation. The AOC can boast of having three wines in the first five classified growths of 1855: Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. On its 1,200 ha of vines, Pauillac produces 54,000 hl of red wines each year. Note that Mouton-Rothschild also produces a white wine.
Pauillac is a jewel of the Médoc, it indeed has 18 classified growths which represent 85% of its production. Perched on a beautiful rump of gravels, its terroir is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon assembled with Merlot and to a lesser extent with Petit Verdot and Malbec.