Chateau Ormes de Pez resides north of the Saint-Estephe in Bordeaux. The name ‘Ormes’ comes from magnificent elm trees that once grew on the property, you can still see the elm trees represented on the label. The Chateau was purchased by Jean-Charles Cazes just after the Second World War. You may be more familiar with a few other labels from the Cazes family, who also own Château Lynch-Bages and other estates within the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation.
Chateau Ormes de Pez is less than 40 miles from the Medoc peninsula and benefits greatly from a cool ocean climate. There are two distinct soil types on the property that help their two main varieties planted. Their Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for 54% of their vineyards with pebble and quarts, whereas 34% of Merlot grows in sandy clay soils. The rest of the vineyards grow Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. All traditional varieties found in Bordeaux.
This 2019 Ormes de Pez has hints of pencil box shavings and tobacco with intense flavors of blackberry and fig. A medium body red with smooth tannins and a detailed finish. Always good value, it can often be attractive in its youth but great vintages can mature for decades.
(92-94) Wine Advocate - Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Ormes de Pez comes bounding out of the glass with energetic scents of black raspberries, fresh blackberries and crushed blackcurrants plus suggestions of menthol, dark chocolate, cedar chest and pencil lead with a hint of rose oil. Medium-bodied, the palate has electrically charged black fruit flavors with compelling tension and beautifully ripe, fine-grained tannins, finishing long and perfumed. Delicious!