The 49-hectare, Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Pédesclaux is planted to 59% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc
The terroir is gravel over a clay subsoil, divided into several parcels, on the slopes close to the château, due south and west next to Château d'Armailhac, another parcel placed not far from Château Lynch-Bages, and parcels that are well placed, next to Château Lafite Rothschild, in the far west of the appellation. In 2022, Château Pédesclaux was certified as being 100% organic.
After a 10-day cold soak at 8°C, the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of vat and 30% oak barrels. The wine is aged in 60% new French oak barrels for 12 months. For the first two months of barrel aging, the wine is aged on its lees. On average, Château Pédesclaux produces 9,000 cases of wine per year.
"In 2018, it was so young, yet you already find some secondary development. Truffle, cigar wrapper, smoke and forest leaf share top billing with the black currants. The tannins are soft, there is a sweetness to the fruit along with a roundness in the mouth. At least 7 years of aging will be about right here."
92 Points - The Wine Cellar Insider