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Very deep to black colour. Immediately lovely, spicy black fruit, perfect balance, deep and cool and long. Chewy cherry-skin finish. Likely to be great value - buy in magnums for parties. Rating: 91-91 L&S (Apr 2010)
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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.
Smoke and violets are very much in evidence on the nose lots of fragrances. The mid palate has a good weight of fruit blackcurrant at first with a touch of liquorice enriching. The tannins are still firm but not aggressive allowing the fruit to come through on the finish. 2020-40 Rating: 92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
Superb concentration, with spice, currant and berry character. Full and velvety. So long. At same quality level as the legendary 1955, or 1959. Rating: 92-95 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (May 2010)
Superbe réussite, délivrant toute la puissance du millésime mais avec une élégance de texture et de tanin qu’on ne lui connaissait pas à ce niveau, avec un tanin particulièrement bien enrobé dans la texture. Nous le recommandons vivement Rating: 17.5 TAST, Bettane & Desseauve (May 2010)
This is arguably more Ormes de Pez than St Estèphe, but the longer it stays in the mouth, the more the tannins make themselves apparent. It’s a stylish, concentrated, richly proportioned wine with lots of extract, and flavours of cassis, cedar wood and liquorice. A wine that should appear on the market at a reasonable price, so stock up. 10+ years. Rating: 93-93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2010)
A sleeper of the vintage and the best Les Ormes de Pez made in decades, this opaque purple-hued 2009 offers up pure creme de cassis fruit intermixed with hints of charcoal, smoke, and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied and pure with good freshness as well as a soft, layered mouthfeel, it will offer delicious drinking over the next 10-15 years. Rating: 88-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2010)
Tasted at Chateau Lynch Bages, this Ormes de Pez is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, matured in 40% new oak, this ’09 Les Ormes de Pez has a deep, garnet colour. The nose is very pure, very focused, tightly would at first, a certain “strictness” to this Saint Estephe. Not as earthy as other wines, subtle aromas of black cherries, a touch of cassis, cedar and sandalwood. Good definition, but despite coaxing it is relatively closed at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, quite peppery on the entry, nicely balanced, masculine as usual, a saline note towards the finish that is quite linear at the moment. This is like a tightly coiled spring but it should drink well after 6-8 years year of ageing, which this wine usually needs. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2010)
Very dark. Lively and dense and complex. Thick and sweet. Pretty dry finish – arguably more typical St-Estèphe than most. Lots there, not least alcohol, but a wine to reckon with! 2017-2030 Rating: 17+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2010)
Purple red, good ripe cassis fruit, good balanced richness and good length, a supple, harmonious wine. Drink 2014-20. Rating: ****17 www.decanter.com (Apr 2010)
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