Ormes de Pez 2019

St Estephe, Cru bourgeois

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Tasting Notes

The 2019 Ormes de Pez has a more Merlot-driven bouquet (54% of the blend), a little fleshier than its peers, quite pure with raspberry and cranberry scents. Fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a sapid entry, good depth, though it does not deliver the precision of the Dame de Montrose and feels more muscular towards the finish. Yet that should see it age well over the next couple of decades. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting.

Score: 92

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026-2045 01 February 2023

The 2019 Ormes de Pez has an intense bouquet of blackberry, bilberry and a touch of hoisin, but none of the smoky elements that I commented upon from the barrel sample last year. Nicely delineated and certainly less rustic than past vintages. The palate is finely tuned with a touch of bitter cherry on the entry, quite peppery, and a little stricter than I expected at the moment, leading to a granular, almost truffly finish.

Score: 92

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2025 - 2055 01 February 2022

Coming from the Cazes team, the 2019 Château Ormes De Pez is gorgeous and shines in the vintage. Pure crème de cassis, mulberries, leafy herbs, Asian spices, and lead pencil all emerge on the nose, and this medium to full-bodied 2019 has the vintage’s pure, focused, elegant style while staying ripe, supple, and textured. The balance is spot on, and it's going to hit maturity in roughly 8-10 years and have two decades of prime drinking.

Score: 94

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com Maturity: 2030-2052 11 April 2022

The 2019 Château Ormes de Pez is a Merlot-heavy blend that includes 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Impressive spiced black and blue fruits, cedar pencil, flowery incense, and a touch of chocolate emerge from the glass of this rich, full-bodied effort, which offers ample tannins, a solid core of fruit, and a great finish. I love its complex, layered style, but it has enough tannins to warrant short-term cellaring.

Score: 92 - 94

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com 30 June 2020

The 2019 Ormes de Pez exhibits generous aromas of sweet berry fruit, rose petals and pencil shavings, followed by a medium to full-bodied, lively and seamless palate that's bright and integrated, with an elegantly fleshy core of fruit, fine tannins and a saline finish. Produced by the Cazes family of Château Lynch-Bages, this is invariably one of the most charming, friendly wines of Saint-Estèphe.

Score: 90

William Kelley, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2021 - 2041 07 April 2022

The 2019 Ormes de Pez is laced with savory herbs, leather, licorice, tobacco, dark fruit and expressive earthy undertones. There is good breadth and plenty of personality leading into the grippy finish. Drink this potent, pleasantly rustic Saint-Estèphe over the next decade or so.

Score: 91

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026 - 2039 01 February 2022

The 2019 Ormes de Pez is ample and creamy, with a real sense of resonance that emerges with a bit of time in the glass. Inky dark fruit, leather, licorice and scorched earth are nicely pushed forward here. A wine of depth and power, Ormes de Pez is very nicely done.

Score: 91 - 93

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com 01 June 2020

This shows lots of spice, such as cloves and nutmeg, together with dark berries and cherries and some plums. It’s structured and relatively dense, with lovely length and beauty. Needs time to open and come together. 50% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon with cabernet franc and petit verdot. Lovely now. Try after 2024.

Score: 93

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com Maturity: 2024+ 20 January 2022

Plenty of spice and plums on the nose. Full body, round tannins and flavorful finish. Raspberries and hazelnuts at the end.

Score: 92 - 93

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 03 June 2020

Plenty of punch in this Ormes de Pez, full of rich ripe black fruits, traces of exotic spices of cinnamon and saffron from the heat of the summer, and brilliant value if looking for personality and appellation signature in St Estèphe. Blend completed with 3% Petit Verdot.

Score: 93

Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2024-2038 25 May 2020