2016 - Ch de Pez Cru Bourgeois St Estèphe
06B6DEPE6PK _ 2016 - Ch de Pez Cru Bourgeois St Estèphe - 6x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château de Pez
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2020 - 2035
Case size
6x75cl
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2016 CH DE PEZ CRU BOURGEOIS ST ESTÈPHE - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château de Pez
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2020 - 2035
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
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Case price £184.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2017,
    Score: 92-94

    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. CP

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, January 2019,
    Score: 91+

    The 2016 de Pez was tasted both at the London UGC and in Bordeaux, though the latter, I feel, was more representative. It has a clean, precise bouquet with almost flinty blackberry aromas, very focused though not powerful. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, nice structure and a slightly reserved style, though I like the spiciness toward the finish. It just needs more substance and vigor. Though it does not match my estimation from barrel, this Saint Estèphe can surprise with age. Perhaps time is the issue? 2023 - 2036

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2017,
    Score: 92-94

    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. The IPT is quite high at 80, and there is 13.9% alcohol. 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. Drink Date 2022 - 2050

  • AG1

    Antonio Galloni, January 2019,
    Score: 92

    The 2016 de Pez has turned out well. Iron, smoke, savory herbs, menthol and scorched earth all give Pez its distinctive feral, savory profile. The tannins are still a bit tough, but time will help, to some degree. It will be interesting to see what the Roederer group does at de Pez moving forward, now that it is the Rouzaud family's sole holding in Saint-Estèphe. 2021 - 2031

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2017,
    Score: 90-92

    The 2016 de Pez is a broad, ample wine. Charcoal, smoke, scorched earth, iron, licorice and grilled herbs add aromatic savoriness to a core of intense, dark red fruit. The virile, imposing tannins need time to settle down, but there is plenty to like and look forward to.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2017,
    Score: 93-94

    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.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2017,
    Score: 17+

    Much darker and swarthier than expected, this is a masculine de Pez which harks back to a bygone era, albeit with brighter fruit. The Cabernet is very dominant and even with low extraction, the IPT is robust and the vintage characteristics have given this wine some serious power.

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2017,
    Score: 92

    If it was hard to get the blend just right in 2016, as Stéphanie Danglade claims, then the team at de Pez has succeeded. This is dark, dense and vigorous, with scented blackberry and plum fruit, clever use of oak and fine-grained tannins. Polished St Estèphe. 2022-32

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Producer

Château de Pez

The two St Estèphe properties of Château de Pez and Château Haut-Beauséjour were purchased by Champagne Louis Roederer in 1995 and 1992 respectively. While the Champagne house has always been owned by the same family since its creation, the acquisition of the Bordeaux properties was above all due to Jean-Claude Rouzaud, oenologist and Chairman of Roederer. He has a true love for Bordeaux coupled with a strong desire to make top class wines using his expertise to develop the full potential of the vineyards.

Region

St Estèphe

St Estèphe is the most northern of Médoc communal crus. Its unique terroir is made up of layers of gravel which are supported by a dense clay base. This subsoil retains water in dry seasons and works particularly well with Merlot, a largely planted variety which is used to flesh out Cabernet Sauvignon. This clay base also creates powerful, textured tannins which enable St Estèphe to stand out from the pack. Like St Julien, it is one of the four most important communal appellations of the Médoc which does not contain any first growths, despite its southern border being a stone'sthrow from Château Lafite. Nonetheless, it is home to some excellent châteaux making fine wines such as Cos d'Estournel, Montrose, Calon Ségur and Lafon Rochet.