Owned and made by the Cazes family of Lynch Bages, this is a consistently good wine and deserving of Cru Classé status. This Saint Estèphe is made from around 50:50 Cabernet and Merlot.
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The 2016 Les Ormes de Pez has an open bouquet of red plum, wild strawberry, leather and sous-bois aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, displaying more roundness and softness than its peers, but thankfully harmonious and lightly spiced (Szechuan peppers?) on the finish. Nice persistence here, and probably a more approachable Saint-Estèphe. Returning after 15 minutes, I noticed just a little more leafiness on the finish. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2045
The 2016 Les Ormes de Pez has a tightly wound, graphite-scented bouquet that needs a little coaxing from the glass but eventually reveals discreet minerally scents mixed with sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied with quite succulent tannin, and certainly more approachable than the Les Ormes de Pez of the past, delivering gentle grip toward the tarry finish. This is a finely crafted Saint-Estèphe from team Cazes. Drink 2020-2045.
The 2016 Les Ormes de Pez is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 52% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked from 28 September until 12 October. It has an impressive bouquet: blackcurrants, boysenberry and crème de cassis, all with very well integrated new oak. There is a lot of panache here, a word perhaps I have not associated with this Saint Estèphe in recent years. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a lovely grainy texture, quite pure with lovely blackberry, melted tar and slightly savory, almost meaty notes. Harmonious right to the end, this is an excellent Les Ormes de Pez that seems to revel in the 2016 vintage. This might be one of the best wines from the estate. Drink 2022 - 2045.
The 2016 Ormes de Pez is deep garnet-purple in color with red and black currants, earth, sage and chargrill on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied, refreshing and chewy with an herbal lift. Drink 2019-2031.
The dark berries, sandalwood and cedar aromas are certainly memorable. Full-bodied, dense and rich in the center palate with ripe, polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Dense and powerful. Try after 2025.
Powerful and structured with lots of blueberry, blackberry and currant character. Full-bodied, tight and tannic yet polished and beautiful. Fantastic. Juicy.
The 2016 Ormes de Pez is a very expressive wine. Iron, smoke, savory herbs, licorice, pomegranate and blood orange all give the 2016 a distinctly feral, savory quality to play off the bright red toned fruit. Supple and pliant in the glass, with lovely complexity, the 2016 is wonderfully complex and nuanced. This pleasantly rustic, hearty Saint-Estèphe will drink well upon release. Drink 2021-2031.
The 2016 Ormes de Pez is soft, fleshy and open-knit, all qualities that will make it easy to enjoy pretty much upon release. Hints of smoke, tobacco, scorched earth and anise add aromatic complexity, but above all else, the 2016 is a wine built on lovely fruit intensity and radiance. A burst of sweet red cherry and plum punctuates a racy finish with exotic overtones. Cabernet Sauvignon yields were down because of small berries, which increases the presence of Merlot in the blend. This is very nicely done.
Tasted blind. Very slightly muddy nose but intense and ripe. Focused but the acidity is pretty emphatic. Just a bit less vital than some of its peers in 2016. Though the finish is extremely energetic.
Drink 2025 – 2043
Deep colour and unusually sweet nose for a St-Estèphe. Voluptuous ripe cassis and then masses of tannins on the end. Slightly drying end and even a bit of heat. Sandpaper tannins. But good, ripe fruit.
Owned and made by the Cazes family of Lynch Bages, this is a consistently good wine and deserving of Cru Classé status. This Saint Estèphe is made from around 50:50 Cabernet and Merlot. Rich with black fruits and a hint of tobacco. The palate is dense and packed with juicy black fruits. Roasted coffee and chalky tannins bring the savoury edge, but the palate is smooth, velvety and fine. A really superb Ormes de Pez, that is one of the value picks of the vintage.
A terrific Saint-Estephe that delivers the goods, the 2016 Château Ormes de Pez is mostly Merlot blended with 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, all brought up in 45% new French oak. This medium to full-bodied effort has impressive ripeness and concentration as well as tannic structure to go with notes of ripe black cherries, graphite, smoked earth, and background oak. Beautifully textured, it’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for two decades. Drink 2023-2043.
There is not a lot of fruit showing on the nose the start of the palate tight the tannins firm and obvious. More depth in the middle some rich black fruits but freshness and tannic firmness tend to dry the finish. 2025-38
The yields were low on the Cabernet Sauvignon at Ormes de Pez in 2016, so this contains the lowest ever percentage of the grape. For all that, it doesn’t lack structure or focus: dense, black-fruited and winningly oaked with a twist of fennel. 2024-30
The Cazes family's property in St-Estèphe, which for a drinking wine is going to be hard to beat this year. Juicy and utterly delicious, it has freshness and a great menthol character with finely grained tannins. It manages to deliver the Médoc signature without falling over itself. Mostly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a dash of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, planted on clay-limestone and gravels, aged in 45% new oak. 3.69pH.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2040
This is a very smart Ormes de Pez with a stunning purple hue and a lovely mid-palate roar of power. This is a juicy, detailed wine which belies its price and I also applaud its accuracy and balance. It’s the finest young Ormes de Pez I have ever tasted.