2008 Les Ormes De Pez, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1047503

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Owned by the Cazes family of Lynch-Bages, therefore with impeccable winemaking behind it, this is a big, tough wine based on great ripe fruit. The chateau continues to offer quality for price." (04/11) 89-91 points 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." (04/09) 87-90 points Stephen Tanzer: "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." (May/June 2009) K&L's notes - * to *+ 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. At Lynch-Bages: Black fruit aromas turn into red currant flavors. Spicy, gritty, old school wine. Long finish. At UGC: Ripe and exotic. Tannic on the palate. Very full-bodied. Superb for this fine property. Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 We will contact you for shipping instructions.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/21/2009  | Send Email
2008 Vintage Report: * to *+ 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. At Lynch-Bages: Black fruit aromas turn into red currant flavors. Spicy, gritty, old school wine. Long finish. At UGC: Ripe and exotic. Tannic on the palate. Very full-bodied. Superb for this fine property. (06/09)

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Bordeaux

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Saint Estephe

- The northern-most of the Medoc communes, St. Estephe is quickly becoming one of the favorite areas for both high quality and great value Bordeaux reds. While it has fewer classified growths than the other communes, it also boasts some of the hottest up and coming chateaux of the last several. The most famous chateaux are the second growths Montrose and Cos d'Estournel with Calon Segur (3rd growth), Lafon Rochet (4th growth), and Cos Labory (5th growth) rounding out the cru classe wines. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the area, but plantings of Merlot are on the rise resulting in rounder, fatter, flashier wines than in years past.