Château De Pez is the oldest estate in Saint-Estèphe; the vineyards were a gift from the Pontac family – the owner’s of Château Haut-Brion at that time. An additional massive investment years ago by Champagne house Louis Roedererer has brought the estate into the modern age and to the forefront of the region.
The rise has been so meteoric, that De Pez is now considered the super fourth estate. Montrose and Cos d’Estournel have been stalwarts with De Pez’s neighbor right across the street, Calon Segur, having joined them for the last decade or so. De Pez has now been reclassified as a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel – and has become a bit of a collector’s item.
In 2018 – they produced one hell of a wine. Though the vintage has been heralded as great one throughout the medoc, within the top estates of Saint-Estèphe, the wines have bordered on otherworldly. In a scorching hot vintage like 2018 – the increased clay content of soils like those at De Pez, hold moisture in keeping the vines safe and sound.
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94 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Under the same Rouzaud family ownership as Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Pauillac, this estate has produced a structured wine. It offers dense and solid tannins, rich with a firm texture and black currant fruits. The wine has weight and density that need aging. Drink from 2026.
94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
From the team of Nicolas Glumineau at Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, the 2018 Château De Pez is a gorgeous 2018 that should be on every Bordeaux lover’s radar (and should be a great value as well). Notes of blackcurrants, blueberries, candied violets, and graphite define the bouquet, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, rockingly polished tannins, terrific purity, and a great finish. It’s terrific and is going to have 15-20 years or more of longevity. The blend is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
93 Points, James Suckling
Spices and dark berries with some nutmeg and cedar. Medium to full body, really polished tannins and a refined and pretty finish. So fine. Tight yet balanced. Give it three or four years to open. Try after 2023.
93 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
Composed of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 de Pez rocks up with bold notes of crushed black and red currants, warm plums and mulberries with hints of unsmoked cigars, bay leaves and black pepper plus a touch of black olives. Medium to full-bodied with an approachable, fine-grained frame, it has just enough freshness and a lively lift on the finish.
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