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Ormes de Pez 2015

SubregionSt Estephe
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Sauvignon

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Tasting Notes

What a lovely nose! The blackberry, smoke and earthy notes are beautifully interwoven — then there’s an equally impressive harmony of full, plush tannins and some real concentration. Needs until 2020 to give its best, but it's got many years ahead of it beyond that.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018

The 2015 Les Ormes de Pez has a refined bouquet of wild strawberry and cranberry notes, touches of oyster shell, a subtle estuarine influence that becomes accentuated with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, fresh and quite linear in style with "correct" finish that just lacks the flesh that would render this more enjoyable. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

The 2015 Ormes de Pez is a blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot matured in 45% new oak. It has a clean and precise bouquet with redcurrant, raspberry coulis and bilberry fruit. It is not as powerful as the 2016 but unfurls nicely with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins. There is a touch of dark chocolate toward the second half, but it just feels a little linear and does not fan out as one would have expected. Still, this represents a well-made Les Ormes de Pez that should give around 10 to 12 years of pleasure. Anticipated maturity: 2019 - 2029.

Neal Martin, March 2018

The 2015 Les Ormes de Pez is a blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot that is being matured in 45% new oak. It has a well-defined bouquet with blackberry and bilberry fruit, although compared to recent vintages, it does not quite possess the same fruit intensity, feels just a little muted at this stage. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, nicely balanced though a little angular at the moment. It needs just a bit more fruit to fill out the final third. Give this 4-5 years of bottle age and you will have a decent, if not top-tier Les Ormes de Pez. Drink 2020-2035

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

A solid and chewy red with blackberry and black currant character. Full body, chewy tannins. Fresh finsih.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016
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The 2015 Ormes de Pez is impeccable. Dark, pliant and inviting, the 2015 has much to recommend it. Smoke, graphite, licorice, lavender, herb and licorice nuances add complexity to this dark, virile Saint-Estèphe. All the elements are very nicely balanced. I would prefer to drink the 2015 over the next decade or so. I suspect the tannins will always remain a bit chunky, but the 2015 has so much to recommend it. 2020 - 2030

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018

The 2015 Les Ormes de Pez is an attractive Saint-Estèphe. Black cherry, plum, graphite, herbs, licorice and menthol add nuance throughout, but the 2015 shows the mid-weight personality that is typical of the vintage in Saint-Estèphe. I would prefer to drink the 2015 young, while the fruit retains its freshness.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

Tasted blind. Bright crimson. Curranty nose and then rather simple and dilute on the palate. Some St-Estèphe stoniness underneath.
Drink 2024-2035

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019

Light and fresh and only sightly austere but very true. Super-correct with nicely managed tannins and a bone-dry finish. Not a very long term wine but GV?
Drink 2024-2034

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017

Very deep crimson. Mild but well-balanced aroma. Just a little lean on the palate. Not quite the drive of the best wines of the appellation. Steady Eddy of a wine. Marked acid on the end.
Drink 2023-2030

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

Owned and made by the Cazes family of Lynch Bages, this is a consistently good wine and deserving of Cru Classé status. This was made from around 50:50 Cabernet and Merlot in 2015 with a sizeable proportion of the crop sold off in bulk. Maturation in 45% new oak. Deep ruby colour. The nose has a dark chocolate and cassis purity with a hint of toast. The palate is juicy, generous and fleshy with mixed red and black cherries. The tannins are smooth and ripe, providing a supple structure that will allow drinkers to approach this wine at a reasonably early stage. Very moreish.

Farr Vintners, March 2016

Smoky and fragrant the nose has lots of charm with a mix of fresh fruits. The black fruits on the palate are sweet and ripe mid fleshiness depth of flavour the fruit underpinned by fine subtle tannins. The finish has depth and ripeness.

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

This doesn’t have the structure of some vintages - no bad thing for people who find St.
Estèphe a little chewy - but it’s soft, spicy and plummy with attractive oak and good texture
on the palate. Drink: 2020-26

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

Scented, pure, bright and rather inviting, this is a very pretty wine with some obvious red fruit softening the palate and
lightening the mood. It is nice to see the tension on the finish doesn’t detract from the whole allowing the wine to work
its magic relatively unencumbered. Good, stylish and fresh, this is a lip-smacking wine.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016
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