2005 Château Pedesclaux, 5eGCC of Pauillac – Primeur price: 18,60 € , Current market price (Germany): 32 € , Primeurs 2010 price: 29,4 €. Château Pédesclaux is a 5th Grand Cru Classé but far from being one of the “flying fifth” (comprising shooting star Pontet-Canet). The estate is undergoing a positive evolution since a few years, also due to a change of ownership. A growing number of encouraging ratings is confirming this trend. The ratings back then were 16,5/20 Jancis Robinson, 15/20 RVF, 88/100 by JM Quarin. Dark color with a blood like slighlty brick-red rim. Lovely nose of sweet blackberry fruit and leather, also something deliciously floral and fresh. On the palate a soft and velvety texture and medium weight and at the same time showing typical Pauillac personality with dark fruit, leather and that nearly austere touch. But then again it appears fleshy and meaty and with a good juicy acidity backing some blackberry and cassis fruit. Fine grained tannins are showing at the back; the wine is showing good balance, probably best balance of the 3. Finish is very good showing good presence and length, with more air the wine lingers with an intense fresh eucalyptus note mixed with graphite and tar. With the last pour (quite some depot at the bottom of the bottle) the wine shows intense eucalyptus, graphite and tar notes on the palate: delicious! Conclusion and outlook: This wine is very drinkable in terms of weight and balance and at the same time shows a genuine and delicious Pauillac inclination. Of the 3 wines it is undoubtedly the one with most complexity, depth and let’s say it: “Terroir”. Considering the 18 € Primeur price of 2005, this is a stunning value and I would agree with a rating of around 90 points! Start drinking now, it seems more than ready and is maybe even approaching its peak. And this “readiness” is a very important point. I am actually a bit surprised about this current state of the wine. When I last had it 2 years ago it was loaded with tannin and I thought it would need a lot more time. But this probably explains one big difference between such a claret and some of the bigger names trading at higher prices. Their ageing potential is different, even in such great vintages. This isn’t necessarily a downside but definitely something one has to know: you won’t get a Lamborghini when paying for a Peugeot! Best counter-example might be a 2005 Château Pontet Canet 5eGCC I recently tried which was still boisterous and far away from its peak. Nevertheless, the 2005 Pedesclaux is a great value and the actual question is whether or not it still is a good value with a 2010 Primeur price of around 30 €. A difficult question. The raise in price is substantial (+200% compared to 05), the wine being now more expensive than some very reliable Cru Bourgeois such as Chasse Spleen from Moulis (26 € en primeur) which – I know from the 2000 vintage “of the century”- has a good, nicely stretched ageing curve . In fact it is now rather ambitiously competing with some established GCC from Pauillac that are only priced at a small premium such as Grand-Puy-Ducasse (40€). On the other hand, in the 5 years since 2005, a lot of amelioration work might have been done in the estate which could start to pay out, and the further ageing of the vines is a non-neglectable fact, their roots now digging deeper into the aromatic grounds of Pauillac, adding complexity to the Cru. Definitely, a tempting but with that price also a very tricky pick!
strong with intense cassis and black olive aroma. powerfull and strapping with impressive concentration of black fruit. rich and sweet, so much so that the tannins are more than matched by the considerable fruit. dense and finely balanced.
- about 1 year