2012 De Pez, St-Estèphe

SKU #1192026 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. Fruity and spicy, this is a fine, attractively fruity wine. While it doesn't have great weight, it has a core of dry tannins and a dark structure that suggests good aging for the future. (RV)  (4/2013)

90 points James Suckling

 Blackberry, blueberry and freshly sliced mushroom aromas follow through to a full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Better in 2017.  (2/2015)

90 points Vinous

 The 2012 de Pez opens with distinctly savory, ferrous notes. Rose petal, scorched earth, cedar and tobacco are all super-expressive in the glass. Firm tannins give the wine much of its energy and overall tension. The tannins are a bit burly and in need of time to settle down. This dark, brooding Saint-Estèphe could turn out to be one of the surprises of the year. (AG)  (1/2016)

Connoisseurs Guide

 By a small but significant margin the fruitiest of the three Saint-Estèphes in the month's review, this nicely composed offering fundamentally stays within the tight, tannic lines its provenance prescribes, yet it shows a bit of curranty concentration as it does. Although its finishing astringency attests to its 'place' and is enough to make drinking a bit difficult now, its toughness will ease and become an acceptable, less-dissuasive stamp of terroir in another three to five years.  (6/2015)


 Superb colour, good concentrated Cabernet nose with spicy black-fruit Merlot, a robust wine with lots of elegance to come.  (4/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This famous property, now owned by the Roederer Champagne House, has produced an opaque ruby/purple wine that offers juicy blackcurrants, black cherries, earth, spice, medium body, excellent concentration and depth, with moderate but ripe tannins in the finish. Drink it over the next 15 or more years. This is very successful St.-Estèphe and a sleeper of the vintage. (RP)  (4/2015)

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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 M├ędoc 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.


- 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.


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.