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Chateau de Pez

Chateau de Pez 2015

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - March 31, 2018

88 Points "A pure but modestly intense core of red and black currant fruit is threaded with light lilac and wet stone accents. Shows a flash of iron on the finish, with the fruit giving way."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - February 02, 2018

92 Points “Under the same ownership as Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Pauillac, this estate has produced a concentrated wine. Dark and firm, with the tannins up front, the wine will take time to develop.” - February 02, 2018

90 Points Quite a bit of menthol cabernet sauvignon character on the nose, then a rather sleek, fresh palate with moderate tannins make this a rather easy St.-Estephe to enjoy. Some nice savory character on the clean finish. Drink now or in 2019 or 2020.

Chateau de Pez 2014

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - February 01, 2017

92 Points "The wine has powerful tannins which are balanced with equally rich fruit. It is firm, in the Saint-Estèphe style, while never losing sight of a rich fruity future. The wine, from an estate at the heart of the Pez plateau, will develop well."

Château de Pez 2012 Archived REVIEWS - James Suckling - February 23, 2015

90 Points "Blackberry, blueberry and freshly sliced mushroom aromas follow through to a full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish."

Château de Pez 2011 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - February 01, 2014

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.”

Château de Pez 2010 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - February 01, 2013

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."

The Wine Advocate - Neal Martin - February 2013

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."

Château de Pez 2009 Archived REVIEWS - James Suckling - November 18, 2015

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."

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - March 31, 2012

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."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - February 2012

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."

Wine Journal - Neal Martin - December 19, 2011

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."

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Ian D'Agata - May 2010

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."

Château de Pez 2008 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - May 01, 2011

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...”

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - April 2011

89 Points "Powerfully ripe wine, solidly based on a structure of dark tannins and dense black currant fruit." - Neal Martin - April 06, 2009

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."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - April 2009

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."

Château de Pez 2007 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Neal Martin -

89 Points "The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy red-berried fruit, a dash of white pepper, cedar and tobacco, quite harmonious..."

Château de Pez 2005 Archived REVIEWS

Wine & Spirits - October 2008

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."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - March 31, 2008

88 Points "Lots of smoky wood, with current and spice that follow through to a medium-to-full body, with medium tannin and a crisp finish. Best after 2009."

Chateau Haut-Beauséjour

Chateau Haut-Beauséjour 2015 - James Suckling - February 02, 2018

90 Points "Quite a savory and light wine for St.-Estephe, this is rather easy to enjoy now. Don’t worry though — there are some of the typical dry tannins for this appellation on the finish. Drink or hold."

Vinous Media - Antonio Galloni - February 01, 2018

93 Points "The 2015 de Pez is dark, powerful and super-inviting. A rush of black cherry, plum, chocolate, gravel and smoke run though this gorgeous, delineated Saint Estèphe. Today, the Pez is virile, tannic and imposing, with noble character and personality to burn. The 2015 has really grown since I last tasted it. This is superb effort for the vintage, but my impression is that the best is yet to come for this chateau, where quality continues to grow. The 2015 is 51% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc."

Vinous Media - Antonio Galloni - February 01, 2018

91 Points "The 2015 Haut-Beauséjour has turned out beautifully. Wild and powerful in the glass, the 2015 exudes energy in all of its dimensions. There is a wildness to the 2015 that is compelling. Specifically, the Haut-Beauséjour has a level of aromatic nuance and detail that distinguishes it from so many wines of the vintage. Tobacco, earthiness, smoke, gravel and incense add character to this mid-weight yet potent wine. There is more than enough complexity to reward a decade plus of very fine drinking. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot."

Jeb Dunnuck - Jeb Dunnuck - November 30, 2017

91 Points "Loads of Asian spice, toasty oak, dried flowers and red and black fruits emerge from the 2015 Château de Pez and it’s an open-knit, sexy 2015 that does well in the vintage. With fine tannin, a charming style, and a good finish, it should continue to drink nicely for 10-15 years. This wine is 51% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot."

Chateau Haut-Beauséjour 2014 - James Suckling - February 14, 2017

91 Points "This is ripe, rich yet mellow on the nose and the front palate. Then the St.-Estèphe tannins come through on the finish. Very well made. Supple and flavorful." - James Suckling - February 13, 2017

90 Points "Quite a sweet and supple wine for this appellation with fairly subdued, even juicy tannins, which do (suddenly) appear and give the finish plenty of grip and some bite. Drink or hold." - Antonio Galloni - February 01, 2017

91 Points “The 2014 Haut-Beauséjour is delicious and expressive... Fine-grained tannins add to an impression of restraint while giving the wine lovely persistence. Graphite, gravel, herb and dark fruit notes add nuance throughout.”


Chateau-Haut-Beausejour 2012 Archived REVIEWS

Decanter - Antonio Galloni - January 01, 2016

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."


Chateau-Haut-Beausejour 2011 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - May 01, 2014

92 Points “This is a modern, polished wine, solidly packed with dark tannins and dense fruits. A tough, tannic element shows through strongly, giving a counterpoint to the acidiy. Drink from 2017.”


Chateau-Haut-Beausejour 2010 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - March 31, 2013

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." - James Suckling - March 07, 2013

91 Points "Aromas of plums and chocolate with hints of spices. Full body, with velvety tannins and a clean finish. Lots of cedar and nuts with fruit on the finish."


Chateau-Haut-Beausejour 2009 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - July 2012

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." - James Suckling - February 15, 2012

90 Points "Very pretty and pure fruit here, with currants and berries. Full body, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Pretty balance and raciness."


Chateau-Haut-Beausejour 2008 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - March 31, 2011

89 Points "Juicy and inviting, with plum, raspberry and cherry fruit pushed by hints of savory herb and black tea. A dash of licorice on the finish adds more depth and length too, while the structure is integrated already."