Les Ormes de Pez 2017

SubregionSt Estephe

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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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Les Ormes de Pez was matured in 45% new oak with 13.42% alcohol. None of the vines were touched by frost. Cropped at round 50hl/ha, it has a clean, pure red cherry, blackcurrant and cedar-scented bouquet, more Pauillac in style than Saint-Estèphe. The palate is well balanced with ripe tannin that feel more malleable than previous vintages at this stage, a little saline in the mouth with a silky smooth finish. This will be delicious over the next couple of decades and I suspect it will be more approachable than the 2016. Don’t ignore this. 2021 - 2036

Score: 91/93Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

The density for the vintage is impressive with dark-berry and cherry character. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a fresh and bright finish. Linear and driven.

Score: 92/93James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

The 2017 Ormes de Pez comes across as a bit light in both body and structure. Spice, leather, dark red stone fruit and new French oak are nicely pushed forward. Easygoing and open-knit, the 2017 is likely to offer its best drinking sooner rather than later. Jean-Michel Cazes told me yields were surprisingly generous in 2017, along the lines of 2009. Merlot plays an especially prominent role in a blend composed of 51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

Score: 88/90Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2018

Very dark crimson. The aroma is equal parts black fruit and graphite. On the palate, some sweetness of oak spice but there's a slight lack of fruit richness on the palate so that overall it is relatively light. Persistent though, and the tannins are fine enough not to dominate.
Drink 2024-2032

Score: 16Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018

42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 51% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot in 45% new oak. Medium-deep purple in colour, this has a muscular and rich nose of cassis and toasty new oak. The palate is chunky with ripe but chewy tannins framing the compact but juicy black fruit core. This is quite big and structured, but the tannins fall away nicely towards the finish to allow the cool black cherry and plum to shine through with the toasty, generously creamy oak. Polished on the finish, this is a well made wine that will offer as much approachability as any wine from St Estephe in 2017.

Score: 15Farr Vintners, April 2018

Concentrated rich black fruits the nose has depth the palate richness lots of black cherry and black currants. The tannins are structured but ripe the sweetness at the back-giving way to fresh minty black fruits. 2024-34

Score: 88/90Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018

Ormes has managed another good vintage after a run of them. This is a lovely wine and a buy for me. Succulent, bristling and charming, it has juicy brambled fruit extraction and tension. It doesn't take itself too seriously, just asking to be loved. The fruit spectrum is rich with blueberries and damsons, with integrity and a swirl of vanilla bean oak. Includes 6% Cabernet Franc in the blend. No need to wait too long for this. 45% new oak.
Drinking Window 2022 - 2035.

Score: 92Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018

Chiselled and firm, this is a stern wine with a very forceful demeanour and a slight touch of greenness which might not melt away. I like it a lot, but you will have to be forgiving in due course.

Score: 17+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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