CHÂTEAU LES ORMES DE PEZ

2006 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

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Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Estèphe
Classification Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel
ABV 13%

En primeur this was punching well above its weight. More more recent tasting notes suggest it may be in an awkward phase at present, but opening with time open - try decanting. Rating: 91-91 L&S (Apr 2007)

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The nose has the fragrance of woodland violets overlaying a mix of black fruits. Black cherry and sloe are firm quite rich supported by firm but not aggressive tannins. Cassis richness is there at the back but the finish is still quite closed and tight. 2015-28 Rating: 91 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)

RECOMMENDED - post price-release comment (Jul 2007)

(a blend of 58% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot and 6% cabernet franc) Full ruby. Pure, high-pitched aromas of cassis, black cherry and licorice. Juicy, bright and primary, with slightly elevated acids and a hint of greenness but good stuffing. The tannins are smooth and arrive late. Offers a nice combination of cabernet sauvignon structure and merlot flesh. Seems finer than the 2005. Rating: 85-88 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)

Bright currant and berry character follows through to a medium body, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Rating: 85-88 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (May 2007)

The 2006 Château Les Ormes de Pez has a slightly dusty, earthy bouquet that is typical Saint Estèphe. The palate is medium-bodied with bold tannin, mulberry and red plum notes, with hints of sage and cooked meat towards the finish; though a subsequent bottle demonstrated less of that distracting dustiness on the nose and also better weight on the palate. Drinking range: 2016 - 2021 Rating: 88-88 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2007)

Intense colour but not over-extracted on the palate, lots of fruit and more elegance than in recent vintages, modern yet classic, very good. 2011-20. Rating: **** www.decanter.com (Apr 2007)

Dark crimson with a slightly weak rim. Heady, gamey, not quite pure on the nose. Rather tired fruit - no directness, a bit heavy and lacking definition. More freshness, please - not a common complaint in 2006. 2012-18 Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2007)

Château Les Ormes de Pez

Château Les Ormes-de-Pez (French for The Elms of Pez) is a winery in the Saint-Estèphe appellation of the Bordeaux wine region of France, near the hamlet of Pez. The wine produced here was classified as one of 9 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnels in the 2003 listing. Though this classification is currently annulled, it is expected to be revived by the 2009 vintage, but without use of the quality divisions such as "exceptionnel". The Château and buildings date from 1792, constructed after the division and sale of Château de Pez as a result of the French Revolution. During the 19th century it was owned by Marcel Alibert, also the owner of Château Belgrave, until it was sold in 1927 to the Société Civile du Haut Médoc. Financial trouble forced the estate to be sold on to Jean-Charles Cazes in 1930, who passed it on to his son André Cazes. To date the estate is owned by the Cazes family, also owners of Château Lynch-Bages. For many years the vinification took place at Lynch-Bages, but the cuvier and chai of Ormes-de-Pez were modernised before the 1981 vintage. After a long period of management by Jean-Michel Cazes, he has been succeeded by his son Jean-Charles Cazes. The vineyard area, divided into two blocks north and south of the village of Saint-Estèphe, extends 33 hectares (82 acres), with the grape varieties of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. The annual production of the Grand vin Château Ormes de Pez is typically 15,000 cases.

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