Ormes de Pez 2006 is showing a magnificent dense, deep colour and lovely red fruit on the nose, with notes of blackcurrant and strawberry. After a good, smooth attack, the fruit is very present on the palate and the tannins are ripe and mellow. A very masculine Saint-Estèphe with great potential for laying down! - Winemaker's note.
The 2006 vintage of Chateau Ormes de Pez is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, aged for 15 months in 40% new French oak.
Chateau Les Ormes de Pez, 'the elms of peace' in the local dialect, is part of Domaines Jean-Michel Cazes of the more famous Chateau Lynch-Bages. Bought by Jean-Charles Cazes in 1940, the estate has been transformed through renovation work to modernise the winemaking facilities and converting the elegant chateau into a beautiful and exclusive guest house.
Wine production is overseen by the same team responsible for Chateau Lynch-Bages. 20 days of maceration and fermentation followed by 15 months in French oak, with 45% new barrels.
The 35 hectares represented by Chateau Les Ormes de Pez contain two distinct terroirs, one with gravel soil and the other with sandy clay, ideal for Cabernet varieties and Merlot respectively. Cabernet Sauvignon covers 54% of the vineyards with 37% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Les Ormes de Pez has a slightly dusty, earthy bouquet that is typical Saint Estèphe. The palate is medium-bodied with bold tannin, mulberry and red plum notes, with hints of sage and cooked meat towards the finish; though a subsequent bottle demonstrated less of that distracting dustiness on the nose and also better weight on the palate. Tasted April 2016.
Aromatic. Medium intensity. Gentle, mild, well balanced with acid more noticeable than the fine tannins. This should eventually become something pretty charming, I think.
Full ruby. Pure, high-pitched aromas of cassis, black cherry and licorice. Juicy, bright and primary, with slightly elevated acids and a hint of greenness but good stuffing. The tannins are smooth and arrive late. Offers a nice combination of cabernet sauvignon structure and merlot flesh. Seems finer than the 2005.
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