2023 Château de Pez, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

2023 Château de Pez, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

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2023 Château de Pez, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

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Description

Blend: 61% Cabernet Sauvignon; 38% Merlot; 1% Cabernet Franc.

This property, under the same ownership as Ch. Pichon Comtesse, has undergone extensive changes, including an extensive replanting project, favouring Cabernet Sauvignon; and a new winery, allowing for plot-by-plot vinification.

The 2023 shows impressive purity of fruit, with layers of cassis, plum and sweet spice held in check by an impressive tannic structure. The DNA of the property and craftsmanship of winemaker Nicolas Glumineau is starting to shine through. This is perhaps the most impressive wine here since the new ownership.

Drink 2028 - 2040

Our score: 16.5/20

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Jane Anson93/100

In 2022 this was one of the real values of the vintage, and it has hit it out of the park again in 2023. More austerity to the tannins than it showed last year, but with greater verve and balance, and juicy depths to the blueberry, cassis and raspberry fruits, wrapped in tannins that offer support but don't get in the way of drinkabilty. Owned by the Champagne house Louis Roederer since 1995. 50% new oak for ageing, with time in oak extended again as in 2022. 3.6ph.

Drink 2026 - 2038

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Neal Martin, Vinous90-92/100

The 2023 Château de Pez has a refined bouquet that demands some coaxing from the glass. It shyly reveals black brambly fruit, a hint of melted tar and black tea, very pure in style as it gradually finds its voice. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannins and good backbone. Fresh, with admirable salinity, it just needs a little more cohesion on the finish (though a second bottle at Pichon Lalande showed exactly that). This is a very fine Saint-Estèphe.

Drink 2028 - 2040

Neal Martin, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous90-93/100

The 2023 de Pez represents another important step for the property. The team, led by Pichon Comtesse Technical Director Nicolas Glumineau, continues to work toward a more refined style than in the past. Black cherry, plum, licorice and mocha fill out the layers nicely. There's still plenty of Saint-Estèphe breadth, but these days, the tannins show greater polish. Floral overtones extend the finish. Tasted three times.

Drink 2027 - 2043

Antonio Galloni, Vinsou.com (April 2024)

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW89-91/100

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2023 de Pez strolls out with casual scents of blackcurrants and red cherries plus wafts of mint tea, cedar, and pencil lead. The medium-bodied palate is soft and lively, with just enough fruit and an herbal lift on the finish. The blend is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc, with pH 3.6.

Drink 2027 - 2037

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent (May 2024)

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Jancis Robinson MW16.5+/20

61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.

Dark, subdued but layered. Plenty of extract and a solid tannic frame. Minerally-fresh finish. Very St-Estèphe.

Drink 2030 - 2045

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 2024)

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James Suckling93-94/100

A beautiful Pez with a solid core of fruit and creamy, refined tannins. It’s complex with plenty of blackcurrant, graphite, lead-pencil and nutmeg flavors. Linear and polished texture. Very precise and defined. Better than 2022.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (April 2024)

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Decanter94/100

Lovely fragrance of floral and dark bramble fruit on the nose. Smooth and supple, succulent and mouthwatering. Really lovely, juicy and bright, light and lean, but there’s texture too, softly grippy tannins that give the St-Estèphe minerality. Cool, crisp, lifted, lovely freshness with blue fruit and lots of pencil led and mint. Balanced, easy, not too sharp not too edgy or hard. I like this a lot, chewy cherry and lean strawberry and crisp cranberry. Great balance, ends a little lean but it’s the minerality that captures and I love it.

Drink 2027 - 2038

Georgina Hindle, Decanter (April 2024)

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Jeb Dunnuck91-94/100

The Grand Vin 2023 Château De Pez checks in as 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, resting in 50% new oak for a year, with the final six months in foudre. It has a core of spicy red and black fruits as well as savory flowers, spicy wood, and tobacco. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied, ripe, beautifully textured, seamless wine that has plenty of tannins as well as outstanding length. The quality here continues to soar, and I wouldn't be surprised to see this check in as one of the finest vintages to date from this château. Tasted twice.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (May 2024)

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About this WINE

Chateau De Pez

Chateau De Pez

Château De Pez dates back to the 15th century but the first vines were planted in 1749 by the de Pontac family who also owned Châteaux Margaux and Haut-Brion. De Pez was purchased in 1920 by Jean Bernard and for many years was owned and managed by his nephew, Robert Dousson. Recently it was acquired by the Champagne house Louis Roederer.

De Pez's 23-hectare vineyard is planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot. The grapes are hand picked and vinified in wooden vats. The wine is then matured in small oak barriques (25% new) for 18 months. The wine is bottled unfiltered.

De Pez produces rounded, ripe and mouthfilling clarets which can be slow to evolve. The best vintages require 7-10 years to reach optimum maturity.

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Saint-Estèphe

Saint-Estèphe

Saint-Estèphe is the northernmost of the most important communes of the Médoc and borders Pauillac on its southernmost border, with only a gully and stream separates it from Ch. Lafite. To the north lies the Bas-Médoc.

Saint-Estèphe is defined by the depth of its gravel, which is ubiquitous but of varying depths and occasionally very shallow, when clay predominates. This keeps the soil cooler and wetter than its counterparts so that the wines can appear fresh in lighter vintages, but superbly successful in hot, dry years. 

The best châteaux in the south of the commune have the deepest soil and the thickest gravel. Cos d'Estournel has an exceptional terroir with its vineyards being located on a south-facing ridge of gravel with excellent drainage. 

Saint-Estèphe is the least gravelly of main Médoc communes and in the north of the commune the vineyards are heavier and more clay-based leading to a rustic style of wine being produced.

The wines can appear austere in youth with a discernable ferric note at some châteaux, but the best typically display good depth of colour, pronounced acidity an tannins in youth and are exceptionally long-lived. At their best, they are the equal of almost any Bordeaux. The well-regarded St Estèphe co-operative controls the production of about half the appellation.

Recommended Châteaux
Cos (Ch. Cos d'Estournel), Ch. Montrose, Ch. Calon-Ségur, Ch. Lafon-Rochet, Ch. Les Ormes de Pez, Ch. Beau-Site, Ch. Cos Labory, Ch. Phélan-Ségur

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Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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