2016 - Ch Les Ormes de Pez Cru Bourgeois St Estèphe
Colour
Red
Producer
Château les Ormes de Pez
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2023 - 2031
Case size
6x75cl
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2016 CH LES ORMES DE PEZ CRU BOURGEOIS ST ESTÈPHE - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château les Ormes de Pez
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2023 - 2031
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £184.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2017,
    Score: 91-93

    52% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, with 45% new oak. Located in the hamlet of Pez, just to the west of St Estèphe, this property has two distinct soil types: warm gravel soils well suited to Cabernet, and cooler clay pockets ideal for Merlot. This estate is managed by Jean-Charles Cazes’s team at Lynch Bages. The 2016 has a smoky charred tone to the oak which wraps around the spicy fruit. The rich wine’s tannins are tenacious, with a certain grip in their youth. It is classically St Estèphe. CP

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, January 2019,
    Score: 92

    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. 2020 - 2045

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2017,
    Score: 92-94

    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 Date 2022 - 2045

  • AG1

    Antonio Galloni, January 2019,
    Score: 92

    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. 2021 - 2031

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2017,
    Score: 89-91

    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.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2017,
    Score: 93-94

    Powerful and structured with lots of blueberry, blackberry and currant character. Full-bodied, tight and tannic yet polished and beautiful. Fantastic. Juicy.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2017,
    Score: 17.5+

    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.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2017,
    Score: 16.5

    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. Drink 2024-2038

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2017,
    Score: 92

    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

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Producer

Château les Ormes de Pez

This Cru Bourgeois was named after the elm trees (ormes) which were originally found around the village of Pez in St.-Estèphe. The property has been in the Cazes family (of Lynch Bages fame) for several generations and as such is handled similarly to its illustrious Pauillac sibling. Due to its impressive track record for consistency and its grounded pricing sense, it is remains one of the best values in Bordeaux.

Region

St Estèphe

St Estèphe is the most northern of Médoc communal crus. Its unique terroir is made up of layers of gravel which are supported by a dense clay base. This subsoil retains water in dry seasons and works particularly well with Merlot, a largely planted variety which is used to flesh out Cabernet Sauvignon. This clay base also creates powerful, textured tannins which enable St Estèphe to stand out from the pack. Like St Julien, it is one of the four most important communal appellations of the Médoc which does not contain any first growths, despite its southern border being a stone'sthrow from Château Lafite. Nonetheless, it is home to some excellent châteaux making fine wines such as Cos d'Estournel, Montrose, Calon Ségur and Lafon Rochet.