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2022 Château de Pez En Primeur

2022 Château de Pez is owned by Champagne Louis Roederer and the winemaking is overseen by the team at Pichon Lalande.  Jane Anson also has de Pez on a par with Calon Segur and calls it a 'brilliant wine, absolutely one to look out for...' (94 points), while Jeb Dunnock gives it 93-95 points, 'a château that consistently makes it into my personal cellar''.  This is the first year that de Pez has been offered en primeur on the Bordeaux 'Place' and is a bargain at only £295 per dozen.

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Château de Pez, St.-Estèphe

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Château de Pez, St.-Estèphe


Created in the 15th century, Château de Pez is the oldest domain in Saint-Estèphe. The Pontac family, who also created Haut-Brion, gave Pez its vineyards. The domain was sold as a property of the state after the French Revolution and was owned by a succession of families before Champagne Louis Roederer purchased it in 1995.

Château de Pez estate covers 48 hectares, with 70 plots surrounding the Château, allowing for a ‘parcellaire’ approach. The wines are left to ferment in traditional oak vats before being blended, and left to develop for a period of 12 months in oak barrels, 35 percent of them new.  There is now a new vat room, with conical stainless steel vats, which allow for a softer extraction of tannins.   The blend is composed in December, and the wine is stored in barrels for 12 months (usually 40% new oak, 40% in “Premier vin” casks and 20% in “Deuxième vin” casks) and racked every three months. 35% new oak was used for the 2019 vintage (medium toast).  The wine undergoes absolutely no filtration. Egg white fining.

RED 2022 Château de Pez 75cl £295 per case of 12 Château de Pez
2022 / / 75cl
£295 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"From an estate that has now been fully restructured and which serves as something of a research and development laboratory for its sibling, Pichon Lalande, the 2022 de Pez exhibits aromas of sweet blackberries and cherries mingled with spices and violets. Medium to full-bodied, rich and lively, with powdery tannins that assert themselves on the youthfully chewy finish, some 40% of the production was lost to hail. For the first time, it will be sold en primeur via the place de Bordeaux. 90-92 points" William Kelley,"The 2022 de Pez is a potent, brooding wine. Black cherry, gravel, incense, tobacco, menthol and scorched earth all run through this virile, imposing Saint-Estèphe. All the elements are impeccably balanced. The burly Pez tannins are present, of course, but there is also more than enough fruit. The 2022 could very well be the best Pez yet under the ownership of Roederer. Yields are down a whopping 50 % because of hail. The blend is 59% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, which is more Merlot than the normal. There is no second wine this year. Tasted four times. 91-93 points" Antonio Galloni,"Firm and linear red with a vivid and juicy dark-fruited core and fine, polished tannins. Medium-bodied. Mellow finish with some creaminess to it. Hints of crushed stones and walnut at the end. 92-93 points""The 2022 Château de Pez (limited to 18,000 bottles due to hail damage in June) has a very pure nose with something of a Burgundian allure: a mélange of blue and black fruit, wilted violet and graphite borrowed from down in Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied with finely-chiseled tannins. Exquisite balance and poise, very harmonious with an intense yet paradoxically tender finish. Bon vin. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 92-94 points" Neal Martin,"Austerity is your friend in an En Primeur sample as long as there is juice and fruit, and here you have both things in abundance. Brilliant wine, absolutely one to look out for, has steely minerality that offsets the plump fruit character and intense tannic structure, this is concentrated but understated, everthing in proportion. First time on the Place this year, as before it was sold via an exclusivity. First vintage with new cellar also. Tasted twice, this is a buy. 26hl/h yield, half of usual, 50% new oak for ageing. 94 points""From a château that consistently makes it into my personal cellar, the 2022 Château De Pez is terrific, with a floral, perfumed, complex style delivering ample cassis and riper black fruits, notes of chocolate, graphite, and licorice, full-bodied richness, ripe yet building tannins, and a great finish. Tasted on multiple occasions, it's a powerful wine from this team that stays beautifully balanced and elegant. 93-95 points"

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