Ormes de Pez 2014

SubregionSt Estephe

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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Les Ormes de Pez has a slightly animally bouquet, earthy and mulch-like aromas filtering through the black fruit dusted with white pepper. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, very primal and needing to develop more harmony although I feel that the component parts are here. Hopefully this will coalesce with bottle age but at the moment it is a little disappointing. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2030

Score: 88Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018

The 2014 Les Ormes de Pez was backward and surly on the nose, touches of gravel and graphite, but the fruit felt a little suppressed at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin. It felt a little pinched, but the finish shows vivacity and focus with graphite-infused black fruit. It just cuts away swiftly on the finish. This is one of the few 2014s that I felt did not match up to its showing in barrel, then again, it often does repay several years down in the cellar. Drink Date 2020-2040

Score: 89Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

The Château Ormes des Pez 2014 is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot picked from 24 September with the young merlot and finishing around 12 October. It was cropped at 32 hectoliter per hectare. Small red cherries and kirsch form the bouquet, quite forward and perfumed with touches of lavender emerging with continued aeration. The palate is medium-bodied, the tannins succulent for Les Ormes de Pez and imparting a fleshier and more approachable texture. This is nicely balanced with a touch of graphite on the finish lending it an almost Pauillac-like personality. Don't under-estimate this Saint Estèphe. Drink 2019-2038.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

Earthy and savory, this starts rich and mellow then slowly turns in the stern direction. A lot of personality and character, and power for long ageing. Try in 2020.

Score: 93James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017

This is really fabulous with weight and length. Fine and chewy tannins. Goes on for a minute or two. Tiny production due to hail storms in May and June.

Score: 92/93James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015

The 2014 Ormes de Pez is dark, powerful and quite intense. Plum, black cherry, smoke, grilled herbs and gravel give the wine its virile personality. Broad and ample in construction, the 2014 is also incredibly young and shuts down quickly in the glass, which is probably a good sign of its structure and potential to age. It is best cellared for at least a few years. This is a strong showing from the Cazes family. The blend is 47 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 42 % Merlot, 7 % Cabernet Franc and 2 % Petit Verdot.

Score: 92Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017

A dark, sumptuous beauty, the 2014 Ormes de Pez offers up a compelling mélange of purplish and black fruit, smoke, grilled herbs and graphite, with quite a bit of density. Rich and voluptuous, the 2014 is a gorgeous Ormes de Pez that will drink well relatively early. Best of all, the 2014 may very well turn out to be one of the sleepers of this vintage. The blend is 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot -

Score: 90/93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2015

Tasted blind. Simple, straightforward nose and bone dry on the palate. Lots of freshness and tannin. Stoniness on the end.
Drink 2024-2038

Score: 16+Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018

A hint of sweet oak on the nose. Then admirable energy but a bit drying on the finish. A real go getter of a wine. Lots of tannins tucked in here but no excess acidity. A palate-dryer at the moment though.
Drink 2024-2040

Score: 16.5+Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2015

Owned and made by the Cazes family of Lynch Bages, this is a consistently good wine and deserving of Cru Classé status. 32hl/ha in 2014. Deep ruby colour, with a nose of exotic spices and plums, layered with a little creamy vanilla. Plump, soft and round on the palate with soft tannins and red fruits given freshness from the acidity. Very attractive and moreish with no hard edges.

Score: 15.5Farr Vintners, March 2015

While the 2015 wasn’t presented, the 2014 Chateau Ormes de Pez from a bottle purchased locally showed beautifully. A blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, is reveal a deep purple color as well as rich, concentrated notes of ripe black cherries, licorice, singed cedar, and tobacco. Concentrated, medium-bodied, incredibly pure and focused, with impressive balance, it’s certainly an outstanding wine that’s going to benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age and shine for 15+. It’s a classic, well-made 2014 I’d happily drink. 2021 - 2036

Score: 91Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

Lively, with a mix of pomegranate, blood orange and bitter cherry notes, flecked with savory and backed by a pebbly finish. Features latent depth and should unwind with moderate cellaring. Best from 2019 through 2025.

Score: 90James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017

Smoky fresh fragrant there is a lot happening on the nose and the start of the palate has bramble and bilberry freshness. Ripe in the middle the sweet fruit supported by fine tannins with at the back a firmer fresher feel the finish bright. 2024-34

Score: 85/89Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

From a château that performed extremely well in 2014, just like its stablemate Lynch-Bages, this is marked by the high, record-equalling percentage of Merlot, softening its rougher edges. Aromatic, textured and sweeetly oaked, it gained concentration from the low yields of 32 hectolires per hectare.

Score: 93Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015

Score: 88Decanter Magazine, April 2015

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