2015 Château Ormes de Pez, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

2015 Château Ormes de Pez, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

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2015 Château Ormes de Pez, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

Description

This is a lively deep crimson colour and feels full and sweet. There is a lovely core of fruit, with velvety tannins and large acidity. There is an enticing nose with full, dense, dark fruit. The creamy red fruit finish is ever so delicious.

The succulent palate effortlessly combines the powerful character of St Estèphe with extraordinary finesse. This wine is surely going to be one of the bargains of the vintage.

Blend: 49% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
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Critics reviews

Wine Advocate78/100
Jancis Robinson MW16/20
James Suckling91-92/100
Decanter90/100
Wine Advocate78/100
The 2015 Ormes de Pez is medium garnet-purple colored with an earthy, rubbery nose offering vague aromas of tar and black fruits plus herbal hints in the background. The palate is equally reduced, and while this would be somewhat forgivable at this early stage, it is also hard, lean, hollow and pretty green.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - 21/02/2018 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW16/20
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 - Apr 2016 Read more
James Suckling91-92/100
A solid and chewy red with blackberry and black currant character. Full body, chewy tannins. Fresh finsih.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com - Apr 2016
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Decanter90/100
Good crunchy fruit that is more polished than in the past. A classic, harmonious and modern wine.
Drink: 2019-2028
Steven Spurrier - decanter.com - April 2016
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About this WINE

Chateau Ormes de Pez

Chateau Ormes de Pez

Château Les Ormes de Pez is one of St-Estèphe`s leading Cru Bourgeois properties. It was bought by Jean-Charles Cazes in 1936 and is now owned and run by Jean-Michel Cazes. The latter owns Lynch-Bages The estate is located just outside the village of Pez in the northern part of the St-Estèphe commune.

There are 32 hectares of vineyards, which lie on soils rich in gravel on a subsoil of sand and clay. They are planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are hand-harvested and then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats. The wine is then matured in a combination of one and two-year-old barrels from Lynch-Bages.

In the last decade, the wines have become richer and more fruit-driven - selection at harvest has become more rigorous and the proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blend has been increased. The wines normally require at least 5 years of bottle ageing to show at their best.

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St Estephe

St Estephe

St Estèphe is the northernmost of the most important communes of the Médoc and borders Pauillac on its southernmost border, with only a gully and stream separates it from Ch. Lafite. To the north lies the Bas-Médoc.

St Estèphe is defined by the depth of its gravel, which is ubiquitous but of varying depths and occasionally very shallow, when clay predominates. This keeps the soil cooler and wetter than its counterparts so that the wines can appear fresh in lighter vintages, but superbly successful in hot, dry years. 

The best châteaux in the south of the commune have the deepest soil and the thickest gravel. Cos d'Estournel has an exceptional terroir with its vineyards being located on a south-facing ridge of gravel with excellent drainage. 

St Estèphe is the least gravelly of main Médoc communes and in the north of the commune the vineyards are heavier and more clay-based leading to a rustic style of wine being produced.

The wines can appear austere in youth with a discernable ferric note at some châteaux, but the best typically display good depth of colour, pronounced acidity an tannins in youth and are exceptionally long-lived. At their best, they are the equal of almost any Bordeaux. The well-regarded St Estèphe co-operative controls the production of about half the appellation.

Recommended Châteaux
Cos (Ch. Cos d'Estournel), Ch. Montrose, Ch. Calon-Ségur, Ch. Lafon-Rochet, Ch. Les Ormes de Pez, Ch. Beau-Site, Ch. Cos Labory, Ch. Phélan-Ségur

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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