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Ormes de Pez 2009

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Estèphe
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Sauvignon

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Tasting Notes

The 2009 Les Ormes de Pez has a strange nose at first, a little distant and missing the same fruit intensity as its peers. There is a slight dustiness here that translates over the palate. Good fruit concentration and grip, just a touch of greenness around the edges with a welcome dash of spice towards the finish. Thoroughly enjoyable if just missing some finesse. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. 2021 - 2038.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2019

A big, fruity, hedonistic style of wine, the 2009 Les Ormes de Pez has a dense ruby/purple color, notes of incense and barbecue smoke and oodles of black berry and cassis fruit. It is medium to full-bodied, with silky tannins and low acidity. This attractive, very hedonistic style of wine should drink well for at least a decade.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012

A big and chewy wine with plum and currant character. Full body, lots of tannins and a big backbone. Needs at least three to four years of age.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, July 2014

The medium to deep garnet colored 2009 Ormes de Pez gives up meaty notes of chargrill and rosemary-roasted lamb over a core of warm cassis and baked plums plus a waft of fried herbs. Medium-bodied, it has a firm, chewy frame and bold freshness supporting the savory layers, finishing with an herbal lift. 2019 - 2026

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2019), March 2019

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! Date tasted 1st April 2010. Drink 2017-2030.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010

Owned and made by the Cazes family of Lynch Bages, this is a consistently good wine and one of the best of the Crus Bourgeois of Bordeaux . 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 37% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot with ageing in 35% new oak. Lots of cassis fruit here, well structured and fresh. Solid, serious and with nice touch of spice. Should age well, but could be approached in its youth.

Farr Vintners, April 2010

The nose has a lovely smoky character backed by woodland violets. Red and black fruits vie for dominance on the palate with the richness of the cassis tending to win through. The tannins although quite firm feel ripe and the layers of flavour give complexity. Drink 2020-2040.

Derek Smedley MW, April 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.

Tim Atkin MW, April 2010

Purple red, good ripe cassis fruit, good balanced richness and good length, a supple, harmonious wine. Drink 2014-20.

Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2010

The combination of ripeness, lightness and harmonious dryness makes this an attractive wine that's very food friendly. I love the smooth dryness of the finish. If this was a bit deeper it would have rated much higher. Drink or hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019)

Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com, March 2019
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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. (Tasted three times.) Drink 2010-2025.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 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. Tasted March 2010.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010

Superb concentration, with spice, currant and berry character. Full and velvety. So long. At same quality level as the legendary 1955, or 1959.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010
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