|Subregion||France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Estèphe|
Owned and made by the Cazes family of Lynch Bages, this is a consistently good wine and deserving of cru classé status. The vineyard is planted with around 50:50 Cabernet and Merlot. Always good value, it can often be attractive in its youth but great vintages can mature for decades. (The 1989 and 1990 are still magnificent).
The 2021 Ormes de Pez is matured in 45% new oak. This has a fragrant nose, very well defined, in fact, perhaps more sophisticated than the Haut-Batailley at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, a little powdery in texture, touches of graphite towards the almost Pauillac-like finish. A stylish Saint-Estèphe, this is recommended. 13.13% alcohol.
The 2021 Ormes de Pez exhibits aromas of cassis, licorice, warm spices and toasty new oak, followed by a medium-bodied, lively and nicely concentrated palate built around rich, powdery tannins that will round out with further maturation in barrel. Produced by the Cazes family of Château Lynch-Bages, it shows promise.
The 2021 is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. 13.13% abv. It will undergo 16 months ageing in 45% new oak. Bright ruby colour. Cedar and camphor on the nose together with graphite and fennel. The fruit shows more on the palate, which bursts with bright red cherry and plums. This is cool, crunchy and classically St Estèphe. Compact but long on the finish, it has real typicity and will appeal to the purists.
Medium-bodied with a firm tannin frame and pretty notes of pencil lead, blackberries and some walnuts. Hints of chocolate orange, too. Structured and a little chewy, with perfumed character. Juicy. 49% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon, 6% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot.
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2021 Ormes de Pez prances out with showy scents of black cherry compote, wild blueberries, and dried flowers plus suggestions of spice cake and bay leaves. Light to medium-bodied, the palate delivers chewy tannins and bags of freshness to frame the subtle black fruits, finishing a little firm. The blend is 49 % Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot.
This has punch and mouth-watering juicy acidities. Cheerful, enticiting, blackberry and loganberry fruits, and all is in place to add on further depth over ageing. There is rusticity that speaks of the vintage, but it is charming and this is easy to recommend. Another great vintage at Ormes de Pez, one of the value wines of the year. 45% new oak.