2010 De Pez, St-Estèphe

SKU #1139501 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 **Best Buy** This firmly tannic wine boasts solid structure and density. It has powerful concentration, due to very low yields. The fruit is ripe, driven by notes of black plum and berry. This is a wine with a long-term future.  (2/ 2013)

91 points James Suckling

 Currants and blackberries, with licorice and flowers. Full and firm, with silky tannins and a pretty finish.  (4/ 2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This has a crunchy feel, with brambly acidity and an energetic core of damson plum, red currant, lilac and chalk. Stays refreshing through the finish, showing a pleasant austerity and fine length. Drink now through 2022.  (3/ 2013)

Decanter

 Floral and fragrant lifted Cabernet fruit, good depth, lots of extraction and quite meaty texture, firm tannins, still a little raw and green, but good depth for the future. (SS)  (10/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Floral-infused blue and red fruits along with crushed rock, damp earth and forest notes combine in this medium-bodied, accessible wine, which can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years.  (2/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Not to be confused with Les Ormes de Pez, the Château De Pez is actually the oldest domaine in St-Estèphe. The Pontac family, who also created Haut-Brion, gave the domaine its vineyards back in the 15th century. The estate now has 59 acres under vine, dominated by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Estephe

- The northern-most of the Medoc communes, St. Estephe is quickly becoming one of the favorite areas for both high quality and great value Bordeaux reds. While it has fewer classified growths than the other communes, it also boasts some of the hottest up and coming chateaux of the last several. The most famous chateaux are the second growths Montrose and Cos d'Estournel with Calon Segur (3rd growth), Lafon Rochet (4th growth), and Cos Labory (5th growth) rounding out the cru classe wines. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the area, but plantings of Merlot are on the rise resulting in rounder, fatter, flashier wines than in years past.