Chateau de Pez St. Estephe Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

de Pez Chateau de Pez St. Estephe Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau de Pez St. Estephe Bordeaux, with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other Bordeaux wine producers: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau de Pez History, Overview

Chateau de Pez is perhaps the oldest Bordeaux wine making estate in the Saint Estephe appellation. The only other Saint Estephe property with as much history is the neighboring vineyard of Chateau Calon Segur. The de Pez estate was created in 1452 by Jean de Briscos.

Chateau de Pez was later owned by the Pontac family. The Pontac family are known for creating the vineyard and estate that later became what we know of as Chateau Haut Brion in Pessac Leognan. Chateau de Pez became the property of the state during the French Revolution and was eventually sold at auction.

Like every vineyard in the Medoc, Chateau de Pez passed through a countless array of owners until it was purchased in 1995 by Jean-Claude Rouzaud. Rouzaud is best known for the Roederer Champagne house, the maker of the famous, high end Champagne Cristal.

However, the Rouzaud family had several other important investments in Bordeaux including Pichon Comtesse de Lalande in Pauillac, Chateau Bernadotte and Chateau Haut-Beausejour, both of which are also located in Saint Estephe.

Since the estate was first purchased, Frederic Rouzaud has been in charge of making significant investments in improving the Left Bank vineyards and the wine making facilities at Chateau de Pez.

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Chateau de Pez Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 24 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau de Pez is planted to 48% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. The vineyard, which is in 1 large parcel, has a terroir of gravel, limestone and clay soils. This shows a marked increase in the amount of Merlot planted here, which helps add more softness to the wine.

Until the mid 1990’s, the vineyard was planted to about 70% Cabernet Sauvignon. The additional Merlot vines were added after the purchase by the Rouzaud family.

The vineyard of de Pez has good natural drainage because the slopes rise to almost 17 meters. The Saint Estephe vineyard of Chateau de Pez is planted to a vine density of 6,400 vines per hectare. The vines average 25 years of age.

To produce the wine of Chateau de Pez, vinification takes place in traditional, large, oak, wood vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in oak tanks. The wine is then aged in 40% new, French oak barrels for an average of 15 months before bottling. In most vintages, the production of Chateau de Pez is close to 11,000 cases per year.

When to Drink Chateau de Pez, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau de Pez can be enjoyed early. However, the wine is often better with at least a few years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau de Pez is usually best enjoyed in the first 10-18 years of life.

Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau de Pez with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau de Pez is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau de Pez is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes as well as mushrooms, pasta and cheese. Chateau de Pez is also quite good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Château de Pez Wine Tasting Notes

15 Vintages 63,385 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2019Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)93

Flowers, spice, wet earth, cigar box and black currants on the nose work perfectly with the round, medium/full-bodied, rich wine on your palate. The blast of spicy currants and espresso on the mid-palate and finish makes this a stellar vintage for de Pez. The wine blends 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot reaching 14.3% alcohol. 92-94 Pts

1,278 Views   Tasted
2018Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)93

The darkest color ever seen at de Pez! From there it takes just a single sip to know this is a special wine. The fruits are just as dark as the hue which produces a generous, fleshy, ripe, full-bodied wine. The black cherries come in sprays before the spice, cocoa, espresso, licorice and vibrancy kicks in. Energy and elegance is here in spades. The wine blends 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 92-94 Pts

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2017Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)90

Medium-bodied with a jolt of juicy, bright, sweet, spicy, red berries at its core, you can drink this with just a year or two of aging. The wine is made from a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and an even split of 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc to round things out.

1,046 Views   Tasted

Medium bodied with a polish to the fruits, the wine is delicate with a waft of cedar, tobacco leaf and a cassis finish – enjoy this wine while it is young.

1,605 Views   Tasted 90
2016Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)92

Full bodied, fresh and focused on its layers of sweet, ripe, luscious, dark fruits, the wine offers a nice depth of flavor and real character.

1,973 Views   Tasted

Dusky in color with equally dusky fruits on the nose and in the mouth, this wine has more softness than usual with round, silky berries, plum and licorice in the finish.

1,943 Views   Tasted 92
2015Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)88

Medium bodied, with fresh red fruits and tobacco leaf on the nose. The finish is crisp and bright with a spicy, red berry ending.

1,777 Views   Tasted

With tobacco and crisp, red fruits, this medium-bodied wine delivers a fresh, bright, spicy finish in a forward style. 87 - 89 Pts

1,972 Views   Tasted 88
2014Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)89

Truffle, earth, burnt wood and dark red fruits open to a forward, easy to like, dark berry and wet earth filled wine that can be enjoyed in its youth.

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With tobacco and dark berries on the nose, this medium-bodied wine delivers a fresh berry and spice finish, offering a lot of charm for the money. 88-90 Pts

2,084 Views   Tasted 89
2013Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)85

Medium bodied, fresh, bright red fruits and a tart cranberry and cherry note are found in this wine.

1,969 Views   Tasted

Medium bodied, gritty tannins and a bright, spicy, red berry character that will be best in its youth. 84-86 Pts

1,364 Views   Tasted 85
2012Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)88

Medium bodied, slightly rustic, bright red fruits and earth are found in this blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

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Medium bodied, rustic tannins and focused on red berries, with a short finish. 86-88 Pts

1,780 Views   Tasted 86
2011Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)88

From a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, the wine is medium bodied with black cherries, earth and vanilla notes. This is already easy to taste, with its open personality.

3,584 Views   Tasted

Cassis, wood and earth. Medium-bodied with a soft, earthy, bright cassis finish. 87-89 Pts

2,760 Views   Tasted 88
2010Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)89

Coming along, the wine needs more time for its crisp, fresh, cassis and red plum profile, spice, earth and tobacco can develop. At the moment, the tannins remain a bit firm. Give it time or air.

3,463 Views   Tasted

2010 de Pez From a blend of 52.5% Cabernet Sauvignon paired with 47.5 Merlot, (which is almost the exact assemblage as they used in Haut Beausejour), the wine shows fresh blackberry, licorice, stone and spice aromas. Full bodied with fresh dark berry flavors on the palate, the wine ends with a cassis filled finish. 90-92 Pts

2,193 Views   Tasted 91
2009Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)90

Dark berry and earthy aromas pair with muscular tannins. From a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, the wine demands a few years of bottle age to flesh out.

4,313 Views   Tasted

Chocolate covered blackberries, cassis, earth, and truffle make up the aromas. This sweet, rich, round wine ends with a mouthful of chocolate covered cassis. This is the finest wine I've ever tasted from de Pez.

6,025 Views   Tasted 91

de Pez starts off with chocolate, blackberry, and earth aromas. Rich, sweet, ripe, and round, the wine ends with dark berries, cassis, and cocoa. 89/91 Pts

5,926 Views   Tasted 90
2008Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)89

Medium bodied, earthy and already showing secondary aromas of forest floor, spice and tobacco, coupled with its blackberry and red plum character. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot.

2,772 Views   Tasted
2005Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)88

Fully mature, medium bodied, lacking in refinement, but not pleasure, the wine easily shows off its dark cherries, plums, spice box, wet earth and tobacco character. Drink this now, or age it another year or two, this is already showing nice, and does not need or want more aging.

2,069 Views   Tasted
2004Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)86

Fully mature, medium bodied, more red fruit than black, this earthy, tobacco, leafy scented wine requires drinking over the next few years.

4,059 Views   Tasted
2003Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)90

Fully mature, there is a voluptuous character to the earthy, dark, red fruits, with touches of wet earth, tobacco, thyme and spice. Medium/full bodied, with round textures, freshness and a nice feeling in the, deep red, berry finish, there is no reason for further aging.

2,432 Views   Tasted