Ambitious choices

Two centuries after its birth, Pédesclaux is experiencing an unprecedented revival. Jacky and Françoise Lorenzetti set out on this adventure with the same passion that drives everything they undertake.

Overhaul and expansion of the vineyard, construction of cellars designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte: they certainly make ambitious choices.

When Jacky Lorenzetti sold Foncia in 2008 he wanted to take up new challenges close to his heart, in particular in the fields of rugby and wine. This dual passion is shared by his wife Françoise and his in-laws, originally from Sainte-Foy-La-Grande.

The dream took shape with the purchase of Château Pédesclaux. This 1855 classified growth is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Pauillac and offered potential just waiting to be uncovered. Some decisive choices were made: a thorough restructuring of the vineyard, the acquisition of new high-quality plots, and the construction of a gravity-fed winery to respect the original quality of the grapes.

Jacky and Françoise Lorenzetti are always on hand and committed to the everyday work at the estate. With them, revival is everywhere. The teams share their desire to improve precision and finesse of execution, with excellence a constant ambition.

To succeed in the world of wine, you must have good support. From the moment they arrived in the Médoc, Jacky and Françoise Lorenzetti relied on the late Vincent Mulliez who introduced them to Vincent Bache-Gabrielsen and then Emmanuel Cruse.

Vincent Bache-Gabrielsen took over the technical management of Pédesclaux. He had already been involved in Château Lilian Ladouys, a Saint-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois acquired by Jacky and Françoise Lorenzetti in 2008.

Emmanuel Cruse, the co-owner of Château d’Issan, became Pédesclaux’s managing director. He comes from a family of vineyard owners and merchants who have been in the Médoc since the 18th century, and his Bordeaux know-how and his expertise in managing a Grand Cru Classé are widely recognised.

Consultant oenologist Eric Boissenot has been offering his expertise to the vinification and blending phases since 2013.

Architect, planner and designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte is known for the eclecticism of his production and the elegance and finish of his projects. He is interested in everything from the most improbable to the most apparent, from the smallest to the most imposing. Changes of scale and programme keep him on his toes and enable him to question and ‘reinvent’ himself every time, with the same constant quest for quality and attention to detail.

At Pédesclaux, Wilmotte is behind a project returning ‘production to the heart of the estate in an efficient and unified building, made integral with its environment and chateau’: a facility of excellence which makes sense in light of the estate’s history.