On Thursday evening, Neal Martin released his in-bottle scores for 2016 Bordeaux, a report which refers to the vintage as the ‘dog’s bollocks’. We have beaten the drum relentlessly over this vintage and it comes as no surprise that Martin calls it ‘fantastic, sublime and at times entrancing vintage…The 2016 vintage already feels haloed.’ He goes on to say, ‘The 2016 vintage in Bordeaux will surely be seen as a high point of this decade, though the 2015s are very close in overall quality.’ Higher praise from Martin is hard to find. He has awarded five wines 100 points; Cos d’Estournel, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Figeac and Vieux Chateau Certan. Notably, he awarded Ausone, Haut Brion, La Mission Haut Brion, and Montrose exceptional 99 points. Many clients will have superb holdings of these wines, the future legends. However, the 2016 vintage is one to buy through the mid-range, good estates which have made great wine at scintillating prices.
During the campaign we waxed lyrical about the stellar quality from the village of Pauillac. Martin has now awarded Chateau Pedesclaux 94 from bottle, a magnificent score for a wine that costs £390 per case of 12 or £195 per case of six. With a score of 94 and a price of £33 per bottle, it renders a Price over Points (POP) ratio of 28, exceptional for a wine which heralds from Pauillac vines. Pedesclaux is a Grand Cru on the rise, designated as a Fifth Growth in Pauillac, therefore its promise is evident and recent investment has resulted in wines that punch above its price tag. Martin believes this to be their best wine to date, he says. ‘I adore the harmony and precision of this Pédesclaux, which is probably the best to date. Highly recommended.’
Pedesclaux was founded in 1810 by Pierre Urbain Pedesclaux, with a parcel of vines purchased from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste. The Pedesclaux family were already well known in Bordeaux at the time as negociants – indeed, Edmond Pedesclaux was one of the brokers who wrote the original 1855 Classification of the Medoc. The Estate was sold in 1891 and passed through several pairs of hands until 2009, when it was bought by Jacky Lorenzetti, also a 50% stakeholder in Chateau d’Issan and owner of Lilian Ladouys. Lorenzetti introduced a modern, meticulous style of management, with hand harvesting and laser optical sorting, which has ushered in a new era of quality. He also doubled the vineyard holdings of the Estate, including a 12 hectare purchase on the Milon plateau, adjacent to parcels owned by Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Mouton Rothschild. In 2015, the latest wave of modernisation was completed with new cellars designed by the architect behind those at Cos d’Estournel.
Pedesclaux’s inclusion in the 1855 Classification tells you how well sited the vineyards are and its promise. Our advice is to start buying it now, it will reward greatly. Only 9,000 cases are made per year, far fewer than its neighbours.
In addition to this small parcel of the finest Pedesclaux ever made, please find below a list of the other most notable re-scored wines that we can offer.
|Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc||2016||92||12×75||£240|
Available in very limited quantities
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