1995 Les Ormes de Pez, St Estèphe

SKU #110369 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 ...Attractive soft, round, medium to dark ruby-colored claret with herb, black cherry, and currant fruit notes. Lush, with some elegance, medium body, soft tannin, and an easy-going finish...  (2/ 1998)

K&L Notes

Nice to see this familiar label taste so great. Nothing fancy, just straightforward delicious wine -- ripe and fleshy cherry fruit and soft tannins. Don't underestimate this St-Estèphe made by Jean-Michel Cazes (of Lynch Bages and Pichon-Baron). (Nick Carpenter, K&L Wine Merchants)

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By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/4/2012  | Send Email
Here is an amazing value in aged Bordeaux from a reliable producer and a great vintage. This has a deep roasted personality and firm structure along with lots of ripe fruit, cedar and mineral. Earthy black raspberries, ripe figs, roasted herb, damp clay and more are present throughout the ample middle and on the long finish. Drink now or over the next decade.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/1/2012  | Send Email
Right out of the bottle the wine is aromatic, showing red fruit and an earthy herbacousness. The currant still shows sursprisingly vibrant and integrated on the palate. Lovely.

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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

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

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.