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Chateau Les Ormes de Pez - Les Ormes de Pez 2008


  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Bordeaux
  • Wine Maker: Jean-Charles Cazes & Daniel Llose
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • Grape Percentage: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 8% Cabernet France, 2% Petit Verdot
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Now -2024
En Primeur
Bin End Limited Stock: (1 btls)
WA: 89 to 91 (2008) VS: 87 to 90 (2008) JR: 17 (2008) WS: 86 to 89 (2008) D: 16.5 (2008) CK: 16 to 17 (2008) NM: 90 to 92 (2008)

Wine tasting notes

The 2008 Ormes de Pez is one of the few successful wines from St Estèphe this vintage. With a lovely, enticing nose, it is full of the dense, dark fruit of the commune but with a creamy, raspberry twist to the finish. The tannins are so ripe they are almost powdery on the palate – incredible considering how linear and firm the majority of wines from this commune were!.

Winery Information

Chateau Les Ormes de Pez

Ch. Les Ormes de Pez takes its name from the village of Pez near St Est?phe, as do the other nearby cru bourgeois properties of de Pez and La Tour de Pez. Les Ormes translates as elms, and betrays the presence of a copse of these trees, long since disappeared, near the Ch....

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2008)89 to 91 pts

Wine Advocate # 182. Apr 2009. Reviewer : Robert Parker. The strongest effort from this estate in over two decades, the dense ruby/purple-tinged 2008 reveals plenty of structure and tannin as well as gorgeously rich, pure blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of minerals and underbrush. This full, dense St.-Estephe will benefit from several years of bottle age, and should evolve over the following 15 years. Drink: 2009 - 2024.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2008)87 to 90 pts

May/Jun 09. By Ian D'Agata. Glass-staining inky-purple. Sassafras, Oriental spices and licorice on the nose, then sweet spicy plums, tamarind, prune and a distinct salty element on the palate. Finishes with good breadth and fine, building tannins that leave the mouth a little dry. (2008)17 pts

Date tasted : 08-May-2009 / Published : 08-May-2009. Particularly dense colour. Spicy, peppery nose with very full, voluptuous fruit - correct - and very mouthfilling. Long. Makes quite a splash. Comforting and pretty classical. Blind, I preferred it to its grander stablemate Ch Lynch Bages. When to drink : 2014 to 2026.

Wine Spectator (2008)86 to 89 pts

Updated: April 6, 2009. Tar and spice with currants on the nose. Full and silky, with good fruit and firm tannins. Citrus fruit on the finish. Tight. ?J.S.

Decanter (2008)16.5 pts, 16.5 pts - "Black-red, fine crushed berry fruit, deeply jammy and expressive, both fragrant and richly fruity on the palate, good oak, elegant wine with depth and class. Drink 2014-22."

Chris Kissack (2008)16 to 17 pts

Chris Kissack,, (April 2009), 16-17+/20pts -"Fine and fresh character on the nose, dense but fresh and nicely expressed. The palate is similarly dense and stylish, creamy, coating the mouth with dark summer fruits. Underneath, a good firm tannic backbone. Good acids too. A big, substantial but very successful wine. A good effort. From my 2008 Bordeaux primeur assessment."

Neal Martin (2008)90 to 92 pts

Neal Martin,, 90-92pts - "En primeur barrel sample. This has a ripe, opulent nose of blackberry, mulberry, a touch of boysenberry. Great lift although it could benefit from a little definition. Just a hint of singed leather. Full-bodied palate, firm tannins, very unresolved, quite peppery and earthy, quintessential Saint Estephe really. A little chunky towards the finish, nice sharpness though, a little rustic charm. Grows in the glass...lovely. Bravo Jean-Charles! Tasted March 2009."

Vinification Notes

The harvested fruit is destemmed and then vinification of destemmed grapes takes place in a restored stable, extensively renovated in the 1993, using stainless steel and temperature control. Malolactic occurs in vat, and the wine then sees fifteen months in second-hand barrels from Lynch-Bages, with several rackings.