The 2016 de Pez was tasted both at the London UGC and in Bordeaux, though the latter, I feel, was more representative. It has a clean, precise bouquet with almost flinty blackberry aromas, very focused though not powerful. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, nice structure and a slightly reserved style, though I like the spiciness toward the finish. It just needs more substance and vigor. Though it does not match my estimation from barrel, this Saint Estèphe can surprise with age. Perhaps time is the issue?
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2036
Robert Parker 92
The 2016 de Pez appears to be benefitting from a long-term replanting program at the estate. This is a blend of 53% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Petit Verdot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc. The IPT is quite high at 80, and there is 13.9% alcohol. It has a pure and comely bouquet with black cherries and blackcurrant pastilles, just a touch of crushed violets that emerge with time. The palate is really quite lovely: very well balanced with a fine line of acidity, quite saline in the mouth, perhaps the finest tannic structure that I have encountered during many years of tasting this Saint Estèphe, with a long persistent finish. Maybe this is the “dark horse” of the appellation this year.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2050