Pezat White, Bordeaux Blanc Sec

"Touches of the pure exotic mix with the authentic delicate style."

When Robert Parker said “This is exactly what the market demands” in describing our PEZAT Red, it was only a matter of time before one of our clients would ask for us to create a zingy Sauvignon-based equivalent of dry white Bordeaux. We started with the second wine of LE NARDIAN and added to it from the vineyards that surround it.

Factsheet Reviews Purchase

2012

Robert Parker, barrel samples

85-87 POINTS

"From Jonathan Maltus, this large production, generic Bordeaux, made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, is a noteworthy choice for readers looking for outstanding value. Generously endowed with a dark ruby/plum/purple color and straightforward, ripe fruit as well as an endearing personality, this medium-bodied, supple 2012 is meant to be consumed in its first 3-4 years of life.”

2011

Wine Spectator

86–89 POINTS

"Tangy, brisk, open-knit style, with cherry pit, damson plum and sanguine notes and nice cut on the finish. Not big, but persistent." —J.M

Wine Enthusiast

86–88 POINTS

"Smooth, rounded, fresh wine with attractive black- currant acidity. The wine is bright, fruity and forward in character." —R.V.

Jane Anson, South China Morning Post

87 POINTS

"85% merlot, 15% cabernet franc. New label, silver on black. The harvest was extremely late for the vintage, with merlot beginning to be brought in on 3 october, and cabernet franc 6 October. Maltus assures that this is because they had no rot, and were on a cooler terroir so were very slow to ripen once the summer weather cooled.”

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

87-88 POINTS

"From Jonathan Maltus, this is what Bordeaux is doing more and more of. It is wines such as this that will ultimately save the lesser properties from extinction. A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from a humble appellation with a great price tag, this inky/purple-colored 2011 reveals copious amounts of black fruits. Straightforward and powerful, this sleeper of the vintage will offer a serious mouthful of wine over the next 3-4 years.”

Tim Atkin MW

90 POINTS

Stephen Tanzer's Int. Wine Cellar

86-89 POINTS

"(85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc; 3.51 g/l total acidity; 13.5% alcohol): Deep ruby. Bright red cherry and raspberry on the perfumed nose and palate. Soft and supple in the mouth and smooth and persistent on the finish. Jonathan Maltus told me he really picked late this year: the merlot on October 3 and 4 and the cabernet franc on October 6. Because his team did not de-leaf in August, the property had large production and no grilled grapes, and he was basically forced to wait that long. Looks to be the best Pézat ever.”

The Grape Observer, Sean Mitchell

"Pezat is a blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc and is produced by Chateau Teyssier, which is a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. The Pezat from the 2011 vintage has a certain elegance and class to it. It has aromatics of bright blackcurrant, cedar and juicy blackberry. The palate has some deli meat and leather characters and, with air, redcurrant, plum and blackberry flavours emerge. This is an elegant, balanced and enjoyable wine that can be approached now or over the next few years and is recommended. It will benefit from at least 20 minutes in a decanter."

2010

Neal Martin, Wine Advocates

87 POINTS

"A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. This has a well defined nose with baked red cherries, a touch of briary and a hint of chalk dust. Simple on the palate, nicely balanced, crisp blackberry with a touch of pepper on the finish. This is a fine Bordeaux Superieur from Jonathan Maltus.”

Wine Spectator

86-89 POINTS

"Pure, with a lightly firm damson plum and pomegranate frame to the core of blackberry and black currant. A mineral edge is starting to show on the finish." —J.M.

Robert Parker, The Wine advocate

86-88 POINTS

"An excellent effort from Jonathan Maltus, this value-priced, lower-level Bordeaux is normally a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. The 2010 is exactly what one expects from an inexpensive but well-made Bordeaux. Soft tannins, deep berry fruit, a nice, medium-bodied, fleshy texture, and clean finish all make for a delicious wine to drink in its first 3-4 years of life. Drink: 2011/15.”

Wine Spectator in Bottle March 2013

88 POINTS

"Up front, with a high-toned damson plum edge followed by slightly tangy cherry and loganberry fruit notes. Dark spice fills in the finish with a hint of singed apple wood to keep it honest. Offers crowd-pleasing fruit, but legitimate structure. Drink now through 2016." - JM

Wine Enthusiast in bottle

87 POINTS

"A juicy, fruity wine with attractive, bright red-berry fruit flavors. The wine is fresh, touched nicely by some wood and tannins.

Robert Parker en bouteille

88 POINTS

"There are 5,000 cases of this delicious wine, made from a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc by one of the outlier proprietors of the entire Bordeaux region, Englishman Jonathan Maltus. He knows how to recognize good fruit, that’s for sure, as this wine is clearly made in a style meant to deliver pleasure early in its life while still holding up for a few years.

With elegant, rich, fragrant notes of cigar box, tobacco leaf and black fruit, this is a delightful wine with moderate weight but plenty of fruit. Drink it over the next several years.”

2009

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

88-90 POINTS 

"A big time sleeper of the vintage from the portfolio of Englishman Jonathan Maltus, this exuberant, richly fruity 2009 is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. It is exactly what the market is demanding ... a lush, heady, classic Bordeaux with plenty of spice box, black cherry fruit, and mocha offered in a fleshy, succulent style. It should be consumed over the next 3-4 years.”

Neal Martin

84-86 POINTS

"A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. This has a black plum, bilberry and violent scented bouquet that becomes creamier with aeration. Moderate definition. The palate is medium-bodied, the tannins just a little dry for my liking, tough and thick-skinned at the moment, chewy finish. Tasted March 2010.”

South China Morning Post

89 POINTS

"85% merlot, 15% cab franc – a lot from the low-lying terroir near to the river Dordogne. There is some crisp purple fruit and good soft tannins. Ever so slightly pinched on the end (picking was Oct 1-7 for merlot, Oct 16 for cab franc, was that a touch too late?), but overall there is lovely freshness and this is a charming wine.”

Robert Parker (in bottle)

89 POINTS

"An impressive project of Jonathan Maltus (proprietor of Chateau Teyssier, Le Dome and other chateaux in St.-Emilion), this blend of 85% Merlot and the rest Cabernet France is a sleeper of the vintage. Priced realistically, the wine displays an opaque ruby/purple color and beautiful cassis fruit intermixed with kirsch, licorice and a hint of underbrush. It is dense, medium to full-bodied, very silky-textured, mouth-filling and enormously satisfying. This sleeper is best drunk over the next several years.”

Wine Enthusiast (in bottle)

88 POINTS

"A rich, ripe concentrated wine, packed with red plum and cherry fruits, lightly layered with tannins. The wine is immediately attractive, juicy, ready to drink." — RV.

POINTS 91

Drink 2015-25 - Merlot 85%, Cabernet Franc 15%

It is quite aromatic with rich cassis and plum backed more aromatic bramble and liquorice. The suppleness of the tannins fleshes out the mid palate giving a very forward feel but the fresh raspberry that shows towards the back balances slightly closing down the finish.”

2008

Robert Parker

85-87 POINTS

"A perfect choice for frugal consumers, this is a fruit-forward, deeply colored, flavorful effort made by the English winemaking guru working from Chateau Teyssier, Jonathan Maltus. A top-notch value, it should offer delicious drinking for 2-3 years.”

Derek Smedley MW

86-89 POINTS 

"There are fragrant violets in evidence intermingling with the freshness of red fruits. The fruit feels ripe giving richness well balanced by lighter red cherry. Although the tannins are in evidence they are rounded and allow the ripeness of the fruit to show.”

Jane Anson

88-89 POINTS

"Maltus has been making this wine, from vines located between Saint Emilion and Branne, since 2005. Very rich, deep in colour, and succulent, chirpy nose of plums and damsons, 85% merlot, 15% cabernet franc. Cropped at 45 hl/h (30 hl/h was the average over the whole of the portfolio), with harvesting all in small baskets as for all Maltus wines, cold soaking and then 12 months maximum in barrel. Very smooth, very fresh. Not a huge amount of mid palate perhaps, and obviously not one to keep for a long time, but the aim here is to be easy drinking, and this clips along at just the right pace.”

Neal Martin

85-87 POINTS

"A blend of 85% Merlot, the rest Cabernet Franc, vines cultivated on sand a little gravel, this has a slightly pinched nose of black cherries and a little iodine – hopefully it will broaden out by bottling. Smooth on the entry, quite sharp acidity with iodine and tart cherry underneath. Cuts away a little short on the finish. Tasted March 2009.”

Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast

86 POINTS

"Attractive, ripe fruit, concentrated spice and black berry flavors. The fresh acidity gives the wine a delicious juicy finish.”

Robert Parker in bottle

86 POINTS

"The 2008 is a more elegant, slightly lighter rendition, but an identical blend to the 2010, possessing loads of earth and berry fruit intermixed with spice as well as an endearing roundness. Drink it over the next 2-3 years. Drink: 2011 – 2014.”

2006

Francois Mauss, GJE, Posted on eRobertParker April 2007

“Then 7 wines from Mr Maltus (Château Teyssier and Le Dôme): I must confess I was really impressed by a very good basic wine (less than € 7): PEZAT.”

Jancis Robinson, April 2007

14/20 POINTS

Drink 2008 Quite deep crimson. Sweet, almost sweaty nose. Inky oaky tannins on the finish.”

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

86 POINTS

A fresh, soft, citrus-flavored wine with freshness that comes from the green pear and lemon sharpness. Touches of wood round out a delicious, easy wine." — R.V.

WOW GIRLS!, women of wine, Ireland

“This is a modern style Bordeaux made by Jonathan Maltus in Chateau Teyssier, a St Emilion Grand Cru which is located just beside the vineyards of Pezat...or should I really be saying Pezat is located just beside Chateau Teyssier a St Emilion Grand Cru ! Mr Maltus is considered quite an innovator when it comes to St Emilion wines and indeed wine in general with wines from his top sites fetching up to a couple of hundred euro. He is involved in several other wine ventures around the world, including America andAustralia.This cross fertilization of styles comes through in this Pezat 2006 .It is rich with stewed blackcurrant fruits ,a hint of cedar yet with that elusive structure which either works or fails miserably in St Emilion wine. It works in this to perfection and offers a wine that delivers on quality well above its price at around €16.”

2005

Asheville Wine Market, North Carolina

“From the owners of Ch. Teyssier and Le Dome this is given top care. With lower than normal cropping, handpicking, double sorting and vinification at Ch. Teyssier, this has terrific fruit and even sees twenty per cent new oak.This rich, medium-bodied, deeply colored, Merlot based wine is moderately tannic, and clearly offers an extra dimension of quality at this price point. This wine is lively and fresh and should drink well upon release and over the next 5 years. This was a real standout when we tasted through this last offering from Bordeaux. As we have often said "We know of no other wine region in the world where you can buy higher quality Cabernet and Merlot based wines that drink well young, yet can age for 5-7 years, than in Bordeaux." This has our VQ (value/quality) seal of approval! An AWM BEST BUY.”

Ernie Whalley, Irish Food & Wine Magazine.

“Pezat, Bordeaux Superieur, 2005 It was only a barrel sample but the third I've tasted in recent weeks and I'm going to say what I said when I tasted the first one at the winery. IF THERE'S A BETTER BOTTLE OF RED IN IRELAND FOR E15, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT IT IS! Packed with rich, joyous, vibrant rich fruit, caressed and carefully handled - a total class act.”

Irish Examiner

“Pezat is simply sensational because of its quality, because of its price, and most intriguingly of all because it’s a Bordeaux that so comprehensively over-delivers. It’s a brilliant wine, boasting a perfect baton hand-over between its modern fresh fruit and Bordeaux tart ‘n’ tannin. And whether you care greatly about wine or just fancy a decent bottle, I urge you to try it.”

Jancis Robinson

16/20 POINTS

Between Chậteau Teyssier and Branne. Given top care. Mid crimson. Quite spicy and nutty. An extra dimension. Lively and fresh. Quite a lot of acidity. Twenty per cent new oak. There’s an interesting note to it that made me think there was some unusual oak.”

Katherine Donnelly, Irish Independent, April 2008

The inviting nose of this Merlot-driven wine leads into a velvety mouthful with ripe cassis flavours, a generous body and a firm backbone. Like the first wine, this would be perfect to wash down Derry Clarke's lamb. From the house of Chateau Teyssier, a St Emilion Grand Cru, the grapes for the Pezat are grown just outside the St Emilion appellation.”

Mary Dowey, The Gloss, May 07

"Sheer chutzpah sums up this wine in a single word. Made by Jonathan Maltus, an Englishman who has become an unstoppable force in Bordeaux, it packs in much more flavour than your average Bordeaux Superieur. Maybe because Maltus likes fat, round reds, and because the grapes come from within spitting distance of Saint-Emilion? Enormous oomph at a cheeky price.”

Neville Blech – Bacchus & Comus

86 POINTS

"Pezat Bordeaux Supérieur 2005. This is a single vineyard wine, literally one step from the St. Emilion appellation. Hand picked with a yield of 45hl/ha. 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. 20% new oak, 40% 1 year old oak, 40% 2 year. Round and fleshy with a lot of upfront fruit. Not a lot of depth and weight but remarkable value from this entry level wine of the gamme.”

The Irish Times

“The new exciting style of Bordeaux.”

Tomas Clancy, Sunday Business Post

“In Pezat he has achieved the seemingly impossible - a hugely enjoyable, finely constructed, over-delivering fruity Bordeaux Superieur at a New World-beating price. If this could be replicated across Bordeaux, the region’s troubles would be over.”

Tomas Clancy, Sunday Business Post, April 2008

89 POINTS

"The Pezat, from Jonathan Maltus, is an excellent wine, with good ripe fruit and real charm.”

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

85 POINTS

"Juicy cherry fruit flavors with some fine tannins, pepper, spice and dry wood edges. This is a friendly, easy Bordeaux with plenty of fruit. — R.V. ”

VINEYARD

PEZAT is a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc with the remainder being Semillon and signature Muscadelle, the cousin of Viognier, rare but still native to certain parts of Bordeaux. The vineyards are centred on the hilly region just south of the River Dordogne on the way to the mediaeval town of Creon.

TECHNICAL

PEZAT is nightpicked, followed by little skin contact to emphasize the underlying fruit. Soft pressing and lees suspension ensure that the wine is full of zest, fresh and bright.

ANYTHING UNUSUAL?

This is a quaffing wine – the wine that you keep in your fridge or look to drink by the glass at a restaurant. It’s Sauvignon Blanc dominated so it’s going to satisfy you and has the key addition of Muscadelle which will bring an exotic note that completely single varietal wines sometimes lack.

WHAT THEY SAY

STEVEN SPURRIER, DECANTER Wine of the Month

"The irrepressible Jonathan Maltus (Château Teyssier, Le Dome) has produced this 85% Sauvignon, 10% Semillon, 5% Muscadelle; clear and fresh with a lovely floral nose, pear and citrus flavours and a classy charm."

THE WINE ENTHUSIAST 

"Herbaceous, crisp and fruity, this fresh wine has citrus, juicy apple and a hint of yellow fruits as well as bright acidity. It’s totally ready to drink."