(From 2005 Vintage) The domain of Pez, created in the 15th century, is, with Calon Ségur, one of the oldest in Saint-Estèphe. In 1452, Squire Jean de Briscos ruled the estate followed in time by Jean de Pontac in 1585. The Pontac family, who also created Haut-Brion, gave Pez its vineyards. The property remained in the hands of their descendents until the French Revolution after which it was sold as a property of the State. When Louis Roederer bought it in 1995 they immediately set about improving the vineyards and cellars. 1996 was the first vintage fully made under the new ownership, and quality has been improving read more...ever since. The Château de Pez estate covers more than 26 hectares. Of these, 45% are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% with Merlot, 8% with Cabernet Franc and 3% with Petit Verdot. The nose is reminiscent of the 2004 vintage and is what you would expect of a wine made from very ripe grapes. It is already deliciously complex. The palate of this wine is entirely consistent with the nose. The forward palate is firm at this stage but developing in a manner that instantly suggests an opulent wine. It has a good, well-rounded substance that lingers elegantly on the palate, with silky tannins and not a trace of harshness. This is truly an exceptional wine: thoroughbred, elegant and rich. (hide)
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