2017 Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1359064 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A smoky as well as fruity wine, this stablemate of Lynch-Bages shows fine tannins as well as rich fruits. The wine is sure to develop well, so drink from 2024. *Editors' Choice* (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

91-93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Les Ormes de Pez was matured in 45% new oak with 13.42% alcohol. None of the vines were touched by frost. Cropped at round 50hl/ha, it has a clean, pure red cherry, blackcurrant and cedar-scented bouquet, more Pauillac in style than Saint-Estèphe. The palate is well balanced with ripe tannin that feel more malleable than previous vintages at this stage, a little saline in the mouth with a silky smooth finish. This will be delicious over the next couple of decades and I suspect it will be more approachable than the 2016. Don’t ignore this. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Ormes has managed another good vintage after a run of them. This is a lovely wine and a buy for me. Succulent, bristling and charming, it has juicy brambled fruit extraction and tension. It doesn't take itself too seriously, just asking to be loved. The fruit spectrum is rich with blueberries and damsons, with integrity and a swirl of vanilla bean oak. Includes 6% Cabernet Franc in the blend. No need to wait too long for this. 45% new oak. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 51% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, brought up in 45% new oak, the 2017 Chateau Ormes De Pez sports a healthy ruby color as well as classic notes of black cherries, mulberries, and blackcurrants interwoven with green tobacco and lead pencil notes. With medium to full body, ripe tannins, and good acidity, it's as classic as they come. It has some charm and approachability already (no doubt due to the high Merlot content) yet should evolve for two decades or more. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A beautiful red with aromas and flavors of plums, spices and burnt chocolate. Medium-bodied, creamy and fruity. Juicy finish. A blend of 51% merlot, 42% cabernet sauvignon, 6% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

90 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Ormes de Pez features black cherries and cassis notions over a core of fragrant earth, stewed tea and tobacco plus a waft of forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate is packed with juicy black fruit with a grainy texture and long, mineral-tinged finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Amazing to see a preponderance of Merlot! Much rounder and sweeter than most of its peers. I’m not 100% sure I would guess the commune blind. Pleasing, easy wine without that much local character. 16/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

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