Blend: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
The 2004 vintage is a lovely, solid color with dark red, almost purplish-blue highlights. The nose
is packed with rich, complex, slightly jammy fruit, plus aromas of roasting and mocha from
maturation in wood. It is very fresh, with floral, spicy notes. On the palate, the wine is a crisp,
fleshy attack, followed by mouth-filling but not overly hard tannins. The wine grows richer and
fatter by the moment but with no loss of elegance.
This handsome wine will mature to perfection.
There is an aging potential here that will more than reward a few years' cellaring.
"Dark, dry tannins are what good Saint-Estèphe is all about when young, and de Pez doesn't disappoint. But it does more, with refined black plum skin flavors, a rich mix of spices and mint, and a refreshing streak of acidity. In 4–5 years, this will be an outstanding wine."