Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    St. Estephe    France - Bordeaux   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 11/21/2014
Chateau de Pez  2005
Chateau de Pez 2005
(search item no. 93825)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 vintage is dense in color, retaining a purplish-blue hint typical of wines that are slow to develop. The slightly toasty nose has plenty of red- and black- berry fruit and a hint of jamminess mingled with aromas of spice and tobacco. 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 is entirely consistent with the nose. The attack is still firm at this stage but developing in a manner that instantly suggests an opulent wine. Good, well-rounded substance lingers elegantly on the palate, with silky tannins and not a trace of harshness. This is truly an exceptional wine: thoroughbred, elegant and rich.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Chateau de Pez:

  • 2008 (search item no. 109869)
  • 2010 (search item no. 121445)

About Chateau de Pez:

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

Château de Pez is located west of the town of Saint-Estèphe. The estate consists of 74 contiguous acres, with 54 acres under vine. The vineyard is situated on a high plateau with well-exposed slopes. From a summit of 59 ft. the land descends northward to 39 ft.

Château de Pez remains resolutely faithful to wood. The blend is composed in December and the wine is stored in barrels where it is racked every three months. After approximately one year, roughly midway through the maturation process, the wine is fined using fresh egg whites. The wine is matured in small oak casks with 40% new oak, 30% "Premier vin", 30% "Deuxième vin". It should be noted that the wine undergoes absolutely no filtration.