Created in the 15th century, Château de Pez is the oldest domain in Saint-Estèphe. The Pontac family, who also created Haut-Brion, gave Pez its vineyards. The domain was sold as a property of the state after the French Revolution and was owned by a succession of families before Champagne Louis Roederer purchased it in 1995.
The Château de Pez estate covers more than 26 hectares. The wines are left to ferment in traditional oak vats before being blended, and left to develop for a period of 16 to 18 months in oak barrels, 40 percent of them new.
The Château de Pez winery remains resolutely faithful to wood. The blend is composed in December, then the wine is stored in barrels (40% new wood, 40% in “premier vin” casks and 20% in “deuxième vin” casks) and racked every three months. Vatting: 22-30 days. It is to be noted that the wine undergoes absolutely no filtration. The wines of Château de Pez have an attractive tannic structure worthy of further ageing. They are sometimes referred to as the ‘Pomerols’ of St-Estèphe, in part due to the smooth roundness brought to the wine by the Merlot vines grown on the exceptional soils. They tend to be dark in colour and have great length, body and distinction and are best appreciated after 5+ years.
The month of June saw ideal conditions for ripening although July and August were
much more dreary. September, on the other hand, brought a glorious and endless
Indian Summer. These weather conditions, much appreciated in Bordeaux, laid the
foundations for this classic and highly promising vintage. The harvesting lasted 5
long weeks as we harvested each parcel at optimum ripeness.
This vintage gave powerful, generous and very expressive Merlots, distinctive
and elegant Cabernet Sauvignons and exceptionally complex Cabernet Francs
and Petit Verdots. The wines are powerful, voluptuous, rich and well-balanced.
Complex nose of spice and red fruits. Long palate with smooth, elegant tannins
and notes of black fruits and ripe, juicy strawberries.
Lamb, red meats, cheese, truffle, chocolate.
Serve at room temperature
AOC Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux
56% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Petit Verdot