2013 Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe (Previously $28)
Dark cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco and game notes emerge from the 2013 Ormes de Pez. Broad and ample on the palate within the context of the year, the 2013 stands out for its balance and sense of proportion. Savory herb and game notes add nuance on the finish. The 2013 is a bit rough around the edges, but quite pleasing just the same. Yields came in at 34 hectoliters per hectare as opposed to the more typical 50 or so. The blend is 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
Made by the team from Château Lynch-Bages, this estate crafts wines in the same generous style. A firm, tannic edge gives structure to the juicy acidity and black currant flavors. Drink from 2018. (RV)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine should offer reasonably good value as well as immediate drinkability when released in 2015. Notes of tobacco leaf and red and black fruits, a medium-bodied mouthfeel and an easygoing texture suggest this charming, but superficial 2013 will drink well for 3-4 years.
High-pitched, with brisk pomegranate, red currant and plum pit notes at the core, carried by tangy acidity and finishing with a slightly taut iron edge. A touch shy on depth but has good energy. Best from 2017 through 2020. (JM, Web-2016)