Chateau Ormes de Pez 2016

Chateau Ormes de Pez 2016

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Chateau les Ormes de Pez takes its name from the location and a tree. In the local dialect, Ormes is Elms. Historically, The estate had elm trees. Unfortunately all the elm trees of this specific variety have died out in Europe since the 1950s. Pez is the name of the local area in Saint Estephe. In the local dialect, Pez is roughly translated into Peace. The estate has a long history dating to the 16th century. Around 1880, Maries Cazes married Jean Guillou. He was killed in WWI. and se took control of the property. She eventually sold the estate to her brother. Since 1940, the property has been owned of the Jean-Charles Cazes family, owners of Chateau Lynch Bages.

Chateau Ormes de Pez is 40 hectares of vineyyards planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
Wine Spectator: 93
This sports a juicy core of damson plum and red currant fruit, backed by a strong mineral edge that lends ample cut and drive to the finish. Shows pleasant austerity, with the structure to age.
Wine Advocate: 94
Decanter: 93
The Cazes family's property in St-Estphe, which for a drinking wine is going to be hard to beat this year. Juicy and utterly delicious, it has freshness and a great menthol character with finely grained tannins. It manages to deliver the Mdoc signature without falling over itself. Mostly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a dash of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, planted on clay-limestone and gravels, aged in 45% new oak. 3.69pH.
Wine Enthusiast: 95
This dense wine is full of generous fruits and a fine structure. Already balanced, notes of blackberry are hit with touches of spice and dark chocolate. Made by the team at Lynch-Bages, this has similar elegance.
James Suckling: 94