Château de Pez Château de Pez

Saint-Estéphe, France

Vintage:2020 (Current)

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Château de Pez  Château de Pez  2020
  • D 94
  • WE 94
  • V 93
  • JS 92
  • JD 92

Reviews

Jeb Dunnuck

92 Points

September 29, 2023, Jeb Dunnuck

“I was able to taste the 2020 Château De Pez on multiple occasions, and it never failed to impress. This outstanding Saint-Estèphe reveals a semi-opaque purple hue as well as textbook aromatics of ripe black and blue fruits, truffly earth, violets, and leafy tobacco. Medium-bodied on the palate, it has a silky, elegant mouthfeel, light tannins, nicely integrated acidity, and outstanding length. It lacks a touch of oomph, but this balanced, graceful, incredibly pure 2020 will benefit from just 4-5 years of bottle age and should see its 20th birthday in fine form.”

Wine Enthusiast

94 Points

April 1, 2023, Roger Voss

“This wine is dense, classic for Saint-Estèphe. Bold black fruits and dark hues are set to give a wine that will take its time. Tannins are surrounded by berry fruits and richness. Drink from 2027.”

Decanter

94 Points

February 23, 2023, Panos Kakaviatos

“Needs time to open. Marvellous mineral aspects and salinity with superior tannic grain. Time in glass reveals cigar box from the Cabernet, plus high-toned raspberry, ripe plum and cedar. Cellar at least three years before enjoying. Potential for a higher score later.”

Vinous Media

93 Points

December 2022, Antonio Galloni

“The 2020 Château de Pez has a far superior bouquet than the Deuxième Vin, with blackberry and mulberry, pressed violet and then peony. The palate is medium-bodied with firm and quite saturated tannins. Fine backbone here, fresh and saline with a vibrant finish. Maybe not the most persistent Saint-Estèphe yet there is impressive weight.”

JamesSuckling.com

92 Points

November 23, 2022, James Suckling

“Ripe berries, plums, spice and cedar aromas follow through to a medium body, creamy tannins and a delicious finish. Some nice acidity here too. Thyme character to the fruit at the end. Try after 2024.”

Overview

Originally founded in the 15th century, Château de Pez is one of the oldest properties in Bordeaux’s Left Bank and the oldest domaine in Saint-Estèphe. Château de Pez consists of 104 continuous acres with 94 acres planted mainly to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Since 2005, Pez has been on an exciting intellectual and technical journey of precision winemaking: experimenting with biodynamic viticulture, a new cellar allowing for plot-by-plot vinification, a meticulous selection of French oak barrels. Under winemaker Nicolas Glumineau's helm, the property bears the distinctive hallmarks of Saint-Estèphe with a modern, elegant twist.

Winemaking

Château de Pez remains resolutely faithful to wood. The blend is composed in December, and the wine is stored in barrels (35-40% new wood depending on the vintage, 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. 

Tasting Notes

Very expressive nose of iris, raspberry and cocoa bean. The palate, marked by notes of raspberry and cedar, is smooth and velvety. Full-bodied and well-balanced, a captivatingly wine of fine dimensions, good length and well-integrated tannins.

Harvest Notes

Another very mild winter favored an early bud break from March 24th. April and May were hot but also very wet with rainfall superior to the last thirty years' average. Despite the rainy spells that preceded it, flowering was early and rapid, from May 20th to the 22nd. After a cool and fairly rainy June, the drought and heat set in for good until mid-August. Careful leaf thinning limited the exposure of the bunches to the sun's heat. The veraison began on August 1st, and lasted until August 6th. The rains that followed were enough to preserve the maturity process after the period of hydric stress. The harvest began on September 11th in dry and healthy conditions. Some rainfall accompanied us until the end of the harvest on September 26th, without affecting the superb quality of the grapes.

Technical Information

Varietals: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc

Wine Alcohol: 13.4%

pH: 3.71

Soil Composition: Gravel with clay and limestone

Average Vine Age: 25 years

New Oak: 35%

Aging: 12 months in oak barrels