Chateau de Pez 2016 Saint Estephe

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The 2016 Château de Pez begins a bouquet that expresses notes of blackcurrant, cherry, and licorice as well as a hint of minerals. Rich and complex on the palate, this wine maintains the balance between density and harmony, power and refinement, race and the precision of its tannins.

Varietal Composition: 53% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Petit Verdot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Saint-Estèphe AOC
Aging: French oak, 40% new

(92-94) Points - Wine Advocate
"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." -NM, 4/28/17

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"One of the many estates on the Pez plateau in Saint-Estèphe, this property is at the top of its game. Owned by the same proprietors as Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, the wine has structure, big tannins as well as dense black fruits. Drink from 2024." -RV, 5/1/19

92 Points - Wine Spectator
"This has a mix of red currant, dark plum and bitter cherry fruit flavors giving nice range from the start, while light tobacco, iron and singed alder notes check in as well. The taut finish has pebbly tannins and solid length. Cellar to let this unwind. Best from 2023 through 2033. Tasted twice, with consistent notes." -JM, 2019

91+ Points - Vinous
"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?" -NM, Jan/2019


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