- Château de Pez
- St Estèphe
- Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc
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James Suckling, April 2021,
A rather velvety Pez with plenty of tannins and aromas and flavors of ripe berries, walnuts and dried flowers. Some thyme, too. It’s medium-bodied with a bright, fresh finish.
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.
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.