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Ormes de Pez 2016

SubregionSt Estephe
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Sauvignon

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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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2016Ormes de Pez NewBT1 \ 012250.001291 NM1227.77777733333391.0091.00Ormes de Pez0.7510
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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Les Ormes de Pez has an open bouquet of red plum, wild strawberry, leather and sous-bois aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, displaying more roundness and softness than its peers, but thankfully harmonious and lightly spiced (Szechuan peppers?) on the finish. Nice persistence here, and probably a more approachable Saint-Estèphe. Returning after 15 minutes, I noticed just a little more leafiness on the finish. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2045

Neal Martin, vinous.com, August 2020

The dark berries, sandalwood and cedar aromas are certainly memorable. Full-bodied, dense and rich in the center palate with ripe, polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Dense and powerful. Try after 2025.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (227), February 2019

The 2016 Ormes de Pez is deep garnet-purple in color with red and black currants, earth, sage and chargrill on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied, refreshing and chewy with an herbal lift. Drink 2019-2031.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim En), November 2018

The Cazes family's property in St-Estèphe, which for a drinking wine is going to be hard to beat this year. Juicy and utterly delicious, it has freshness and a great menthol character with finely grained tannins. It manages to deliver the Médoc signature without falling over itself. Mostly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a dash of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, planted on clay-limestone and gravels, aged in 45% new oak. 3.69pH.

Drinking Window 2024 - 2040

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

Tasted blind. Very slightly muddy nose but intense and ripe. Focused but the acidity is pretty emphatic. Just a bit less vital than some of its peers in 2016. Though the finish is extremely energetic.
Drink 2025 – 2043

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020

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. Rich with black fruits and a hint of tobacco. The palate is dense and packed with juicy black fruits. Roasted coffee and chalky tannins bring the savoury edge, but the palate is smooth, velvety and fine. A really superb Ormes de Pez, that is one of the value picks of the vintage.

Farr Vintners, April 2017

A terrific Saint-Estephe that delivers the goods, the 2016 Château Ormes de Pez is mostly Merlot blended with 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, all brought up in 45% new French oak. This medium to full-bodied effort has impressive ripeness and concentration as well as tannic structure to go with notes of ripe black cherries, graphite, smoked earth, and background oak. Beautifully textured, it’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for two decades. Drink 2023-2043.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, March 2019

There is not a lot of fruit showing on the nose the start of the palate tight the tannins firm and obvious. More depth in the middle some rich black fruits but freshness and tannic firmness tend to dry the finish. 2025-38

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

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

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

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.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2017
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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 2022 - 2045.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

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

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

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

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017
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