Chateau de Pez “Cru Bourgeois” Saint-Estèphe 2000
Tasting Notes : Gravel, overlying clay soil, 20-30 day fermentation on skins, aged 12-18 months in 40% new oak, 40% 1-wine barrels, 20% 2-wine barrels, ~45/45% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, plus small blend of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Mablec, 13% vol. Between mahagony and purple in the glass. Subtle notes of over-ageing and classic wine faults, displaying ethyl alcohol, stewed cabbage and onion. There are also sulphur notes. Some sweet black fruits and subtle oak come out on the nose, although seriously over-shadowed by the faulty aromas. In the mouth, there’s a slightly unbalanced high acidity and a smooth texture, accompanied by medium tannins and a very dark chocolatey bitterness that overwhelms the palate. The chocolate lingers through the rather long and bitter finish. My ageing test royally failed on this one. Should have drank it within the first 5 years. OR I may have just suffered from a faulty bottle, which may be more likely.
Rating : 9/20 (75/100)
Price : $49 @ Jan’s Fine Wines, McAllen, Texas (purchased during going-out-of-business-sale)
Anecdote : A bitter beginning, pun definitely intended, after a 2-month hiatus from alcohol. I had an emergency appendectomy back in mid April, followed by another emergency surgery one week later to clean up some major infection that set in. I spent 14 days in the hospital and when all is said and done the full recovery will take 2-3 months. I’m nearing month two and FINALLY I am able to jog lightly, lift light weights under 30 pounds, sit in still water (just ready for the pool opening!) and drink alcohol. This is the longest period of time I’ve gone without alcohol since I began legally drinking in 2000 !