Château de Pez St. Estephe 2017
|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe|
|Brand||Château de Pez|
Complex and enticing, the nose of Château de Pez 2017 expresses notes of milk chocolate and then evolves towards notes of red fruits, cedar, pencil lead, and finally cinnamon. This complexity is present on the palate, with a clean and gourmet attack expressing notes of strawberry and cherry. The wine develops continuously with sweetness, silkiness and precision. A mineral and salty finish with floral notes (violet) which highlights the intensity of Pez 2017. Balanced, fruity, and complex, Château de Pez 2017 stands out for its mineral tension and its finely engraved tannic structure.
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2017 de Pez is deep garnet-purple in color with quite a spicy nose giving notions of black pepper, anise, fenugreek, and cloves over a core of blackberries and cassis with touches of forest floor and truffles. The palate is medium-bodied with a good intensity of black fruits and firm, grainy tannins plus seamless freshness, finishing peppery."
This wine is powerfully concentrated and rich. Bold black fruits dominate, bringing the tannins along with them. Drink the wine from 2024.
The 2017 de Pez is a pleasant Saint-Estèphe to drink now and over the next handful of years. Élevage (12 months in 30% new oak) has brought out a level of finesse the 2017 did not show from barrel. At the same time, while the 2017 has gained in elegance it has also lost some of the richness it showed en primeur. The 2017 is floral, gracious and medium in body, with tobacco and cedar as well as sweet red berry fruit and floral notes that add brightness on the subtle, silky finish. The 2017 is very nicely done, but I find it a bit light in structure; this is a wine to drink on the young side.
Sweet tobacco and plum aromas lead into a medium-bodied palate with firm, silky tannins and a savory finish. Some chocolate and tobacco at the end.