2008 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

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

Amazing glass-coating purple to black colour. Wonderful fruit is the main impression - damsons, very pure coulis de fruit style, harmonious while still taut, smoky cassis, fresh and pure and long. Looks to be another sensational value buy. Rating: 90+ L&S (Apr 2009)

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The 2008 Les Ormes de Pez has a typical Saint Estèphe nose with singed leather and earthy aromas infusing the dusky black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, moderate depth but it feels rather conservative on the grippy finish. It just needs more charm. Hey...lose that frown! Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, 2018)

The nose is quite light and the palate lacks richness and depth of fruit. Behind the freshness there is some sweeter black cherry but the freshness and tannic firmness tend to hold back the fruit expression. 2014-24 Rating: 90 Derek Smedley MW, 2013)

Glass-staining inky-purple. Sassafras, Oriental spices and licorice on the nose, then sweet spicy plums, tamarind, prune and a distinct salty element on the palate. Finishes with good breadth and fine, building tannins that leave the mouth a little dry. Rating: 87-90 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2009)

The strongest effort from this estate in over two decades, the dense ruby/purple-tinged 2008 reveals plenty of structure and tannin as well as gorgeously rich, pure blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of minerals and underbrush. This full, dense St.-Estephe will benefit from several years of bottle age, and should evolve over the following 15 years. Rating: 89-91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2009)

Particularly dense colour. Spicy, peppery nose with very full, voluptuous fruit – correct – and very mouthfilling. Long. Makes quite a splash. Comforting and pretty classical. Blind, I preferred it to its grander stablemate Ch Lynch Bages. 2014-26 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2009)

Crushed blueberry and blackberry aromas follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a caressing finish. A nicely crafted wine for the vintage. Rating: 87-90 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2009)

This has a ripe, opulent nose of blackberry, mulberry, a touch of boysenberry. Great lift although it could benefit from a little definition. Just a hint of singed leather. Full-bodied palate, firm tannins, very unresolved, quite peppery and earthy, quintessential Saint Estèphe really. A little chunky towards the finish, nice sharpness though, a little rustic charm. Grows in the glass...lovely. Bravo Jean-Charles! Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, 2009)

Black-red, fine crushed berry fruit, deeply jammy and expressive, both fragrant and richly fruity on the palate, good oak, elegant wine with depth and class. Drink 2014-22. Rating: 16.5**** 2009)

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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