91 Points “This is a serious wine structured with firm tannins. The texture is solid and somewhat austere, but very concentrated. Associated with Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Pauillac, de Pez is now showing the solid and long-aging character of Saint-Estèphe.”
92 Points "This firmly tannic wine boasts solid structure and density. It has powerful concentration, due to very low yields. The fruit is ripe, driven by notes of black plum and berry. This is a wine with a long-term future."
92 Points "A blend of 52.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, raised in 42% new oak, the de Pez 2010 has an understated but clean, fresh blackberry and bilberry nose with graphite and cedar coming through with aeration. The second sample at the property had a cheeky hint of raspberry cheesecake! The palate is firm and tannic on the entry, but there is certainly decent fruit concentration here with a pleasant, quite succulent finish that is long and sweet. Very refined."
90 Points "This is tight and fresh with blackberry, mineral and light tar character. Full body, chewy tannins and a subtle spice and currant aftertaste. Still quite reserved. Better in 2016."
89 Points "Offers sleek raspberry and red currant fruit, supported by smoked apple wood and dark tobacco notes that are backed by a long, taut, chalky spine on the finish. In the austere camp, but with a solid core."
93 Points "With layers of wood, this is a structured wine, driven as much by tannins as fruit. It will need time for the dark plum fruit flavors to come through—St.-Estèphe is always likely to be firmly textured."
91 Points "The Chateau de Pez has a very tight bouquet with blackberry, cassis and a touch of crushed stone... The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins, racy acidity, red rather than black fruits (wild strawberry and a touch of raspberry.) Nicely focused towards the finish, perhaps more like Montrose in style in terms of its clarity and poise. This is very fine."
90-93 Points "Dark ruby-red. Highly fragrant and enticing red berry and smoky mineral aromas. Like a cocktail of red fruits on the palate (red cherry, strawberry, plum), complicated by spices and minerals, with harmonious acids providing excellent lift and definition. Utterly charming due to its very ripe fruit, yet comes across as light and lively, finishing layered, smooth and long, with noble tannins. Probably the best de Pez made since the outstanding 1966."
89 Points “Another sleeper of the vintage from this large estate (95 acres purchased by the owners of the Louis Roederer Champagne firm), the deep plum/ruby-hued 2008 De Pez possesses soft acids, low acidity, medium to full body and attractive plum, red and black currant, licorice and spice box characteristics. A blend of 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot...”
89 Points "Powerfully ripe wine, solidly based on a structure of dark tannins and dense black currant fruit."
89-91 points "The palate [has]... saturated black fruits on the entry, a touch of spice, thick tannins, nice weight in the mouth, but strict on the finish with a touch of tar and black pepper. Nice length. Good potential."
90-92 points "A big time sleeper of the vintage, this may be the finest De Pez produced in over 40 years. ...A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by dense creme de cassis, cedarwood, and earth characteristics, a plush, full-bodied texture, superb concentration and purity, and sweet tannins."
90 points "Delicate florals surround the firm red berry flavors of this wine. The tannins are gravelly and the fruit is fresh, lingering with a gentle persistence and adding silkiness."
93 Points "The 2012 Haut-Beausejour is gorgeous. Blue and black stone fruits, crème de cassis, lavender, sage, mint, tobacco and spices flesh out in a dark, sensual wine built on texture and resonance. One of the clear overachievers in this vintage, the Haut-Beausejour impresses for its balance and class, especially at this level. This plump, juicy Saint Estèphe is a great choice for drinking over the next few years."
90 Points "Bright, with a high-pitched damson plum and red currant core, followed by bitter orange, savory and iron notes on the finish. A pleasant combination of austerity and sleekness. Drink now through 2025."
89 Points "Medium red-ruby. Superripe aromas and flavors of currant, plum, menthol, woodsmoke and grilled meat. A sweet, supple midweight with very ripe tannins and noteworthy length."
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