Although Château De Pez dates back to the 15th century, the first vines were planted in 1749 by the de Pontac family who also owned Châteaux Margaux. Purchased in 1920 by Jean Bernard it was owned and managed by his nephew, Robert Dousson for many years. Recently however it was acquired by the Champagne house Louis Roederer. De Pez's 23-hectare vineyard is planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot. The grapes are hand picked and vinified in wooden vats. The wine is then matured in small oak barriques (25% new) for 18 months before being bottled unfiltered. De Pez produces rounded, ripe and mouthfilling clarets which can be slow to evolve, with the best vintages requiring 7-10 years to reach optimum maturity.