2009 Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe

SKU #1114980 92 points James Suckling

 A big and chewy wine with plum and currant character. Full body, lots of tannins and a big backbone. Needs at least three to four years of age.  (7/2014)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A delicious wine, so fruity. It does have the proper tannins but it is a wine that is already approachable with its sweet fruits-a pleasure to taste. However, for the future, watch those tannins. (RV)  (2/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This is tight and precise, with lots of cut from start to finish, as chiseled graphite and iron notes support the dark currant, mulled fig and crushed blackberry fruit. Long and toasty, but well-integrated on the lilac-tinged finish. Best from 2013 through 2022. (JM)  (3/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A big, fruity, hedonistic style of wine, the 2009 Les Ormes de Pez has a dense ruby/purple color, notes of incense and barbecue smoke and oodles of black berry and cassis fruit. It is medium to full-bodied, with silky tannins and low acidity. This attractive, very hedonistic style of wine should drink well for at least a decade. (RP)  (2/2012)


 Bright ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and mint are lifted by a floral note. Supple, dry and vinous, showing a classic Saint-Estephe coolness and finesse. Not at all sweet but offers good penetration to its suave dark fruit flavors. The building tannins coat the front teeth. Nicely done. (ST)  (7/2012)

K&L Notes

*1/2V At UGC: Chunky, but with very sweet black fruit aromas and flavors. Fine balance and long on the palate. Their best? At property: Intense spicy blackberry aromas. Round, rather soft tannins hidden by fruit.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2016 | Send Email
There is an upfront gush of rich and toasty blackberry fruit that deftly counterbalances the powerful finish on this big, bold wine. Although this has the telltale baked in ripeness of the vintage there is classic St-Estephe dryness on this firm, structured success.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2016 | Send Email
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I love this vintage and ormes de pez shines in 2009. Usually a bit tough on the palate, this 2009 is sweet and lovely with fine structure and balance. A lot of blackberry fruit flavors, round tannins, and a lingering finish. Nice to have great tasting wines selling for less than $50.
Drink from 2016 to 2026

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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 M├ędoc 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.


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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.