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.
93 points Decanter, Blueberry, raspberry and cassis, there is concentration but also juice. Merlot-dominant (following a restructuring of the vineyard to better align grapes with terroir) with bite and freshness. A lovely smoky edge here, this is another successful vintage for Ormes de Pez. 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 3.69ph. 45% new oak. A yield of 42hl/ha which was not as low here as at Lynch Bages because of more clay in the soils, and because the Merlot was less impacted by the drought than the Cabernet Sauvignon. (JA) (5/2021)
92 points Wine Spectator, Fresh and direct, with lilac and savory notes running with a core of damson plum and red cherry coulis. Reveals a piercing iron note on the sneaky long finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. (JM) (12/2022)