CHÂTEAU GRAVES DE PEZ
CHÂTEAU GRAVES DE PEZ is the brainchild of PAUL AND PAULETTE BUSSIER, from a winegrowing family in Cognac since 1911. For 35 years they managed the vineyards at Château Lafon Rochet, until 2002, when their children took over the Graves de Pez property. In 2008, MAXIME SAINT-MARTIN, a nephew in the Bussier family, purchased the vineyard from his uncle to become the youngest winemaker in the SAINT-ESTÈPHEappellation at age 21
CHÂTEAU GRAVES DE PEZ is a ͞Cru Artisan͟, which is a classification established in 1932 to recognize family winemakers, generally with very small production.These artisanalewinemakers are found in the appellations of the Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Margaux, Saint Julien and Saint Estèphe.In 2016, Maxime Saint Martin was elected by his peers to be chairman of the Union des Artisans du Médoc Cru.
The 7.5 acre parcel of 45-year-old vines sits on the hallowed gravel plateau of the Saint Estèphe, shared with the celebrated crus of Montrose, Cos d’Estournel and Haut Marbuzet.
The vines are planted to the classic gravel, clay and sand soils of the appellation, which encourages deep vine roots, providing wines in the style of yesteryear: Full-bodied, powerful and robust.
MaximeSAINT-MARTIN has great respect for the notion of Cru Artisan, and has attracted ERIC BOISSENOT (Decanter Magazine’s Winemaker of the Decade in 2010) as his head consultant. Their winemaking philosophy is very clear:
- Do not over-exaggerate ripeness, extraction or tannins.
- Do not over-micro oxygenate the wines.
- Let the wines speak for themselves, through the expression of terroir.