Château de Pez Château de Pez
Vintage: 2015 (Current)
The Domain of Pez, created in the 15th century, is, along with Calon, the oldest in Saint-Estèphe. In 1452, squire Jean de Briscos ruled the estate; in 1526 the “noble man” Ducos was master, followed by Jean de Pontac in 1585. The Pontac family, who likewise created Haut-Brion, gave Pez its vineyards. The property remained in the hands of descendants -the Marquis d’Aulède and Count de Fumel, Commander of the Province of Guyenne- until the French Revolution. Sold as a property of the state, the domain belonged to the Tarteiron, Balguerie, Lawton, du Vivier, Bernard, and Dousson families in succession. It was purchased in June 1995 by Champagne Louis Roederer.
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. It is to be noted that the wine undergoes absolutely no filtration. Château de Pez exhibits deep color and harmonious composition. This complete, rich, dense wine merits prolonged ageing. Thanks to the quality of its production, Château de Pez is counted among the most highly reputed crus of the Médoc. Despite all of the surprises, fears and doubts, 2015 turned out to be a remarkable vintage. The growing cycle took place in perfect conditions up until some extremely dry weather in July, leading to worries over low yields. The rain and associated fungal diseases that we usually fear turned out to work for us from mid-July to mid-September, enabling the vine to reach optimum ripeness levels. The wines are distinctive and exceptionally precise yet also dense and restrained. They remind us of the extremely dense yet ethereal Bordeaux’s of the 1980s, with an excellent ageing potential yet able to be enjoyed in their youth.
Rich black fruits on the nose. Long, round, sappy palate developing aromas of morello cherry, blackcurrant and a pleasant sweetness on the finish.
Château de Pez is located west of the town of Saint-Estèphe. The estate consists of 30 continuous hectares (74 acres), with 26 hectares (64 acres) under vine, planted to prime grape varieties, mainly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard dominates a high plateau with well-exposed slopes. From a summit of 18 metres (59'), the land descends northward to 12 metres (39'). 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 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. A single rootstock is used, Riparia Gloire.
Varietals: 51% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Suggested Retail Price: $55.00