|Bordeaux||2011||Ormes de Pez||BT||121 \ 0||1452||240.00||12||1452||26.666666666667||89.00||87.00||Ormes de Pez||0.75||10|
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An elegant, medium-bodied, front end-loaded effort, the dark ruby/plum-tinged 2011 Les Ormes de Pez offers attractive red and black fruits intermixed with dusty, loamy soil undertones, and medium body. This soft, consumer-friendly St.-Estephe should drink nicely for 7-8 years. It is a sleeper of the vintage.
The 2011 Les Ormes de Pez is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot aged in 45% new oak. It has an intense, almost brutish bouquet that leaps out of the glass and grabs you by the lapels. It is sweet with cassis and blueberry jam aromas, a touch of graphite and scorched earth underneath. The palate has a tannic entry with a saline seam, edgy tannins that make this quite masculine with a sinewy finish. There is good substance here if not finesse, although there is fine persistency towards the finish. Tasted April 2012.
The wine shows very pretty fruit with spices and milk chocolate. Full body, with velvety tannins and an attractive finish.
Owned and made by the Cazes family of Lynch Bages, this is a consistently good wine and deserving of cru classé status. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 41% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot with ageing in 45% new oak. Deep garnet colour, with an earthy nose of forest floor, spiced plums and dark cherries. The palate is dark-fruited with soft, integrated tannins gently framing the core. Now maturing nicely with savoury, earthy tones adding nice complexity, this is fine, smoky and leathery through to the finish. A fine, mature wine at an excellent price point.
The black fruits on the nose feel quite ripe backed though by fresher bilberry. There is structure on the mid palate but although the tannins feel firm they are not aggressive not holding back the fruit. Cassis and black cherry give some richness on the back palate.
This non-classified St Estèphe is often a bargain in Bordeaux, and fingers crossed that it will be so this year, too. It's a classic St Estèphe, but with a little more finesse than some. The tannic power is more than balanced by the succulent black fruits, sweet oak and fresh acidity. The austerity will soften with age. 10+ years.
Finely expressed cassis fruit, slightly leathery and firm, good ripe middle palate and will show well. Drink 2014-2022.