The Fleur de Pedesclaux is an unusual blend for Left-Bank Bordeaux, and Pauillac in particular, as it is made up of a high proportion of Merlot (and in 2012 was entirely Merlot!). The 2014 is a blend of 89% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot & 2% Cabernet Franc from all over the 49.7 hectare site. Some of the vines are situated next to some of the most famous vineyards in the world, belonging to Mouton-Rothschild from Chateau d’Armailhac.
The wine itself has spent 16 months in French oak with 10% being in new oak after an extended period of cold pre-fermentation maceration, providing rounded velvety tannins. This is a good solid claret. Lots of structure, power and weight alongside lifted floral finesse, dark berries and some chocolate notes. This is a wine that needs decanting 2-3 hours prior to serving if your intention is to drink now. Otherwise, cellar this wine to reap rewards in the next five years.