Great value wine from Jean-Charles Cazes and the team at Lynch-Bages. Dark red and black fruits, touch of caramel and toasty oak. Nice fruit intensity. Rich and dense with plump damson and a touch of mocha. Very nice. (49% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.)
The 2015 Ormes de Pez is a blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot matured in 45% new oak. It has a clean and precise bouquet with redcurrant, raspberry coulis and bilberry fruit. It is not as powerful as the 2016 but unfurls nicely with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins. There is a touch of dark chocolate toward the second half, but it just feels a little linear and does not fan out as one would have expected. Still, this represents a well-made Les Ormes de Pez that should give around 10 to 12 years of pleasure. Anticipated maturity: 2019 - 2029.
– eRobertParker.com, Feb 2018
Tangy, with pomegranate and red currant notes laced with a wet pebble spine. Direct.
– James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2016)
What a lovely nose! The blackberry, smoke and earthy notes are beautifully interwoven — then there’s an equally impressive harmony of full, plush tannins and some real concentration. Needs until 2020 to give its best, but it's got many years ahead of it beyond that.
Very deep crimson. Mild but well-balanced aroma. Just a little lean on the palate. Not quite the drive of the best wines of the appellation. Steady Eddy of a wine. Marked acid on the end. Drink 2023-2030.
The 2015 Ormes de Pez is impeccable. Dark, pliant and inviting, the 2015 has much to recommend it. Smoke, graphite, licorice, lavender, herb and licorice nuances add complexity to this dark, virile Saint-Estèphe. All the elements are very nicely balanced. I would prefer to drink the 2015 over the next decade or so. I suspect the tannins will always remain a bit chunky, but the 2015 has so much to recommend it. - vinous.com, February 2018
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