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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 14%

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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Easily a contender for best value St Estèphe, Ormes de Pez is owned by the Cazes family and delivers exceptional consistency. Balanced, relatively low alcohol, this is still pretty young and closed with firm tannins (I just had the 2009 vintage of this wine and it is joyful, so I would give this one another few years). There is punch here, with brambled autumnal blackberry and raspberry fruits, fragrant raspberry leaf, mint leaf and cherry tomato... all suggesting that acdities are fresh, but with character and charm. 45% new oak. Harvest September 29 to October 10. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, Decanter (Oct 2022)

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, (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 OBE MW - (Feb 2018)

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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