June 29th 2017
The House of Louis Roederer took Ch de Pez under its wing in the mid-1990s. Since then this Cru Bourgeois St Estèphe estate has been nurtured into one of the jewels of the unclassified châteaux in the appellation. Whilst many top crus classés began to release at up to 30% above their 2015 prices towards the end of the campaign, Ch de Pez was one of the most reasonable estates in the Médoc, only increasing by 5%, and represents the brilliance of St Estèphe 2016s at just £140 per 6 bottles.
Its quality can be in no doubt. Just across the road from Calon Ségur, this Cru Bourgeois has excellent positioning, and shares with its neighbour the longest history of any estate in the commune. Advice from former Petrus winemaker, Jean-Claude de Berrouet, has helped craft a beautiful quality to the generous Merlot base of this wine. A classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot produce wines with tannic structure, chalky acidity, and defined black fruit character, and this 2016 is a paradigm of the estate’s most attractive qualities.
‘The finest tannic structure that I have encountered during many years of tasting this Saint Estèphe […] Maybe this is the “dark horse” of the appellation this year.’ Neal Martin, 92-94 points
Ch de Pez Cru Bourgeois St Estèphe 2016
£140.00 per 6 bottles IB
Deep crimson colour, with a poised, black fruit nose of currants, dark spices, and graphite smoke. The palate has an elegant flow with abundant, fine, grippy tannins and chalky acidity. The finish is long, cool, and enticing. Drink 2020 – 2035. Goedhuis, 92-94 points
The 2016 de Pez appears to be benefitting from a long-term replanting program at the estate. This is a blend of 53% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Petit Verdot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc. It has a pure and comely bouquet with black cherries and blackcurrant pastilles, just a touch of crushed violets that emerge with time. The palate is really quite lovely: very well balanced with a fine line of acidity, quite saline in the mouth, perhaps the finest tannic structure that I have encountered during many years of tasting this Saint Estèphe, with a long persistent finish. Maybe this is the “dark horse” of the appellation this year. Neal Martin, 92-94 points
This is the best wine ever from here with dark berries, nutmeg and other spices. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a polished texture. Lasts very long. James Suckling, 93-94 points