CHÂTEAU LES ORMES DE PEZ

2014 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

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

This has a grown-up, elegant feel to it. Still quite tight at this stage and not showy in anyway. Oak is quite pronounced, but there is lots of good, deep, fine fruit too. Very poised, a savoury note - this may take a moment to unravel, but looks good for a sophisticated, fun future. 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Only 45% New Oak. Rating: 90 L&S (Apr 2015)

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The 2014 Les Ormes de Pez has a slightly animally bouquet, earthy and mulch-like aromas filtering through the black fruit dusted with white pepper. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, very primal and needing to develop more harmony although I feel that the component parts are here. Hopefully this will coalesce with bottle age but at the moment it is a little disappointing. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Mar 2018)

Tasted blind. Simple, straightforward nose and bone dry on the palate. Lots of freshness and tannin. Stoniness on the end. Drinking range: 2024 - 2038 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Feb 2018)

The Château Ormes des Pez 2014 is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot picked from 24 September with the young merlot and finishing around 12 October. It was cropped at 32 hectoliter per hectare. Small red cherries and kirsch form the bouquet, quite forward and perfumed with touches of lavender emerging with continued aeration. The palate is medium-bodied, the tannins succulent for Les Ormes de Pez and imparting a fleshier and more approachable texture. This is nicely balanced with a touch of graphite on the finish lending it an almost Pauillac-like personality. Don't under-estimate this Saint Estèphe. Drinking range: 2019 - 2038 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(May 2015)

A dark, sumptuous beauty, the 2014 Ormes de Pez offers up a compelling mélange of purplish and black fruit, smoke, grilled herbs and graphite, with quite a bit of density. Rich and voluptuous, the 2014 is a gorgeous Ormes de Pez that will drink well relatively early. Best of all, the 2014 may very well turn out to be one of the sleepers of this vintage. The blend is 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot Rating: 90-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2015)

A hint of sweet oak on the nose. Then admirable energy but a bit drying on the finish. A real go getter of a wine. Lots of tannins tucked in here but no excess acidity. A palate-dryer at the moment though. Drinking range: 2024 - 2040 Rating: 16.5+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2015)

Smoky fresh fragrant there is a lot happening on the nose and the start of the palate has bramble and bilberry freshness. Ripe in the middle the sweet fruit supported by fine tannins with at the back a firmer fresher feel the finish bright. Drinking range: 2024 - 2034 Rating: 85-89 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(Apr 2015)

From a château that performed extremely well in 2014, just like its stablemate Lynch-Bages, this is marked by the high, record-equalling percentage of Merlot, softening its rougher edges. Aromatic, textured and sweetly oaked, it gained concentration from the low yields of 32 hectolires per hectare. (One of Tim's Top 10 Value Reds.) Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2015)

This is really fabulous with weight and length. Fine and chewy tannins. Goes on for a minute or two. Tiny production due to hail storms in May and June. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2015)

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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