2012 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

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

46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. This is the lowest % of Cabernet Sauvignon since the 1999). Delicate and elegant on the nose. Soft and rich on the attack - really quite high-toned for the vintage. This is poised, intense and long. A grown-up feel to it, with some quite granular but attractive tannin. A touch of saline too. A success from St Estèphe which has produced some good wines in the vintage. Rating: 90-90 L&S (Apr 2013)

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Although the nose is sweet with a mix of black fruits the palate is fresher with red cherry and bramble. The mid tannins are firm quite tight but the freshness does bring out an aromatic spiciness on the finish. 2018-28 Rating: 89-91 Derek Smedley MW, 2013)

The 2012 Les Ormes de Pez, a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot (the highest percentage due to lower Cabernet yields), 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, has a very concise, directed bouquet with pure blackberry and cassis aromas suggesting some lovely ripe Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a citric thread of acidity, though is it missing some weight and “girth” towards the finish. This should constitute a decent early drinking Saint Estephe Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, 2013)

Good acidity along with fresh, clean cut red and blue fruits characterize this straightforward, meaty, fruity offering. It lacks some concentration, complexity and overall gravitas, but it does offer good fruit and ripe tannin in a medium-bodied, easygoing style. Consume it over the next 7-8 years. 2013 - 2021 Rating: 85-87 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2013)

Boasting (if that’s the right word) the lowest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend for more than a decade, largely because the variety suffered from too much rain, this is an atypical St Estèphe in some ways. There’s some structure and austerity here, but it’s offset by plenty of perfume and notes of red fruits, graphite and violets. Appealingly refreshing. Drink: 2018-28. Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, 2013)

Dense purple-red and lots of cassis fruit, big fleshy ripeness and good grip for the future. Drink: 2016 - 2026. Rating: 16.5 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2013)

Rating: 16 Matthew Jukes 2013)

Bright and open-knit, with cherry and damson plum fruit carried by sleek, silky tannins. The tangy minerality takes over on the finish, revealing the austere side of the vintage. Exhibits fine range Rating: 88-91 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2013)

Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, 2013)

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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