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TERROIR AND VINEYARDS

Château de Pez is located west of the town of Saint-Estèphe. The estate consists of 30 contiguous hectares (74 acres), with 24 hectares (54 acres) under vine. The vineyard is planted with 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.
The vineyard is situated on a high plateau with well-exposed slopes. From a summit of 18 metres (59 ft) the land descends northward to 12 metres (39 ft). The soil is composed of one metre of Günzian gravel (deposited during the first period of glaciation during the Pleistocene epoch) overlying the calcareo-argillaceous bedrock of Saint-Estèphe. Ancient drainage ditches conduct runoff towards the roads surrounding the unit formed by the property.
Since 1920, pruning at Château de Pez has been conducted according to the Traditional Double Guyot Médoc method. Vines are planted on the square, i.e., at 120 cm (nearly 4’) intervals in both directions. Riparia Gloire rootstock is planted throughout the vineyard and is often considered the best by producers who are not seeking high yields or whose soil is not excessively chalky.

VINIFICATION

Château de Pez remains resolutely faithful to wood. The blend is composed in December and the wine is stored in barrels where it is racked every three months. After approximately one year, roughly midway through the maturation process, the wine is fined using fresh egg whites. The wine is matured in small oak casks with 40% new oak, 30% “Premier vin”, 30% “Deuxième vin”. It should be noted that the wine undergoes absolutely no filtration.