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.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
Powerful and structured with lots of blueberry, blackberry and currant character. Full-bodied, tight and tannic yet polished and beautiful. Fantastic. Juicy.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
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.
|Score: 89/91||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
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.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
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.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
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
|Score: 86/89||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
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
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
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
|Score: 93||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|
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.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2017|