Very pretty with currants, chocolate and hints of cappuccino. Full body, with velvety tannins and a long delicious finish. This the best wine in years from here.
A solid core of cassis and blackberry fruit is liberally framed by dark cocoa and espresso notes and carried through the caressing, blueberry-, spice- and licorice-filled finish. A modern style that will have fans for sure. Best from 2014 through 2025. (JM)
Jacky Lorenzetti, who purchased this underperforming estate in 2008, recently purchased half of the shares of Château d’Issan, partnering with proprietor Emmanuel Cruse and bringing him on as managing director of Pédesclaux. Meanwhile, this 2010 is maturing into a big, buxom Pauillac, a chewy wine with the fat tobacco richness and smokiness of a cigar. It finishes earthy and tart, needing short ribs or other rich, slow-roasted meats to match.
The 2010 Pedesclaux is the same blend as the 2009 and the first vintage where the extension to the vineyards came into play, though six hectares that were making poor grapes were excluded from the final blend. It has a superior bouquet compared to the 2009 in terms of precision and delineation, quite "airy" and floral, almost Margaux-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a little foursquare and more freshness here than the previous vintage with respectable tension on the finish...Drink this now and over the next 12-15 years. (NM)
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