Château de Pez: Vineyards

The vineyards of Château de Pez amount to 39 hectares; these are located on a plateau just to the west of the village of St Estèphe itself, with a typical Médocian altitude of a heady 18 metres, sloping down to just 12 metres above sea level towards the northern end. The soil underfoot is a typical Gunzian gravel, just one metre deep, sitting over the classic calcaire de St Estèphe, the limestone bedrock that runs deep – and sometimes not so deep – beneath this appellation.

Château de Pez

The vines are trained in the Double Guyot system that is favoured throughout the Médoc and are planted on Riparia Gloire rootstock at a density of 6500 vines per hectare. The average age of the vines is about 25 years, with Merlot (48%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (45%) predominant, the remainder constituting Cabernet Franc (4%), Petit Verdot (3%) and even a little Malbec (1%). These latter varieties do not always appear in the finished wine, however, which may be a blend of solely Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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