The 2018 Les Ormes de Pez is matured in 45% new oak, with 14.6% alcohol and an IPT of 84. Jean-Charles Cazes told me that this year there is more Merlot due to restructuring of the vineyard so that there is no almost 50% every year. It has a glossy, opulent bouquet with black cherries, kirsch and blueberry fruit, slightly confit in style and to be honest, just missing Saint Estèphe typicity. The palate is again, sweet and rich with layers of black fruit laced with black pepper and spices. This is a wine that coats the mouth, voluminious and powerful, a hedonistic Les Ormes that is enjoyable, but not my favourite vintage in recent years. 2022-2036
|Score: 88/90||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
Composed of 50% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot and aging in 45% new barriques, the deep purple-black colored 2018 Ormes de Pez leaps from the glass with vibrant blackberries, black cherries and mulberries scents plus touches of garrigue, tree bark and bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied with bags of muscular fruit, it has a firm, grainy texture and great freshness, finishing on an herbal lift.
|Score: 90/92||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This is very dense and lively with blueberry and blackberry character. Lots of purple fruit at the end. Full body and powerful tannins. Spicy undertones with hints of black tea.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Ormes de Pez is dark, plush and enveloping. Smoke, cured meats, licorice, violet, crème de cassis and dried flowers give the 2018 striking nuance. Unctuous and intense in its ripeness, Ormes de Pez is decidedly opulent in 2018. The 14.6% alcohol is evident, and yet the wine shows terrific balance, as well as quite a bit of promise. The blend is 50% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
|Score: 89/91||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot; 45% new oak. pH 3.57. Barrel sample.
Deep, dark black-cherry colour. Rich aroma of small, concentrated black berries and some toasty oak. Quite dry on the palate, especially in conjunction with the thick if rounded tannins. Really chewy but the fruit does sneak out again at the very end – it is there but hidden at the moment. (JH) 14.6%
|Score: 16.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Deep ruby colour with a spicy black-fruited nose, layered with toasty vanilla. The palate is supple, fleshy and sweet in cassis fruit, with succulent tannins that are well integrated already. There is a touch of spice from nutmeg and clove that adds to the complexity and savoury edge through to a long but forward finish. Very well made and ideal for drinking from its youth.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
The inky colored 2018 Château Ormes De Pez checks in as 50% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, and the balanced Petit Verdot that’s still aging in 45% new French oak. It offers lots of ripe black cherry and blackberry fruits intermixed with subtle violets and background oak. With building richness, medium to full body, ripe tannins, and remarkable purity of fruit, it’s another incredibly impressive Saint-Estephe that’s going to need 4-6 years of bottle age and be long-lived.
|Score: 91/93+||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
This has the luxurious kick of the Lynch Bages stable and is brilliant value for this level of quality. It seems to manage this every vintage and is just such a brilliant drinking wine. 2018 is another excellent year here, with deep fruitfulness of brambled hedgerow alongside liquorice and woodsmoke. It has a polyphenol index of 84IPT, so this is full of tannins but they don't feel overpowering. Tasted several times and always striking. 45% new oak. 3.57pH.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2036
|Score: 93||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019|
(50 Merlot, 41 Cabernet Sauvignon, 7 Cabernet Franc, 2 Petit Verdot) | 45% new oak for 15 months | 13% alc | 40 hl/ha This is one of the finest young Ormes de Pez I have tasted. There is amazing intensity of fruit here and while the oak is quite powerful, there is more than enough intensity of flavour to get away with it. Well-made and a success in this vintage this is a wine which will age well, too.
|Score: 17+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|