Owned by the well-known Cazes family of Lynch-Bages, this popular St.-Estephe has turned out a dark ruby/plum-colored 2011 with sweet cassis and black cherry fruit. A slightly short finish is present, but the wine has a good front end-loaded combination of fruit, extract and succulence. It's medium-bodied and tails off in the mouth, but it is well-made. Drink now-2019.
|Score: 86||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014|
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.
|Score: 87/89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012|
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.
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012|
The wine shows very pretty fruit with spices and milk chocolate. Full body, with velvety tannins and an attractive finish.
|Score: 90/91||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012|
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.
|Score: 88/91||Derek Smedley MW, April 2012|
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.
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012|
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. This has a deep, nearly black colour. Spicy, oaky vanilla, mocha, and black cherry on the nose. Juicy and concentrated with plenty of cassis fruit complimented by spice and ripe tannins. Generous and structured. Should be excellent value.
|Score: 15+||Farr Vintners, March 2012|
Finely expressed cassis fruit, slightly leathery and firm, good ripe middle palate and will show well. Drink 2014-2022.
|Score: 16+||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2012|