2012 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Estèphe
Classification Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel
ABV 14%

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 L&S (Apr 2013)

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The 2012 Les Ormes de Pez feels a little muffled on the nose, missing some complexity and terroir expression. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannins, grippy but chunky and rather austere towards the finish. Lacks a bit of charm. A second bottle at Bordeaux Index's 10-Year-On confirmed that this is a rather disappointing Saint-Estèphe. Drinking range: 2022 - 2028 Rating: 86 Neal Martin, (Sep 2022)

Gunsmoke reduction on the first nose, plenty of meaty raspberry and redcurrant fruit as it opens, but everything feels a little tense. Still has life ahead, I would ensure a good hour-long carafe but it is ready to begin drinking, with a structue that delivers now but not one the long term. Harvest October 4 to 18. Rating: 91 Jane Anson, (Mar 2022)

The 2012 Les Ormes de Pez is flashy and seductive. Scents of sweet tobacco, mint, crushed flower, savory herbs, game, anise and leather meld into a core of dark-fleshed fruit. Drink this attractive, mid-weight Saint Estèphe over the next decade. This is a terrific effort from the Cazes family. The blend is 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Drinking range: 2016 - 2027 Rating: 89 Antonio Galloni, (Jan 2016)

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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