Château Les Ormes de Pez is one of St-Estèphe`s leading Cru Bourgeois properties dating back to the 18th century. Located on the edge of the hamlet of Pez, west of Saint-Estèphe, the estate owes its name to a magnificent group of elm trees which have since disappeared. Alongside Château Lynch-Bages, Château Ormes de Pez is the second estate acquired by Jean-Charles Cazes in 1939.
Special attention is paid to vineyard management practices, particularly with regards to winemaking and ageing techniques, in order to produce wines to the highest standards. There are 32 hectares of vineyards, which lie on soils rich in gravel on a subsoil of sand and clay. They are planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are hand-harvested and then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats. The wine is then matured in a combination of one and two-year-old barrels from Lynch-Bages. In the last decade, the wines have become richer and more fruit-driven - selection at harvest has become more rigorous and the proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blend has been increased. The wines normally require at least 5 years of bottle ageing to show at their best.
'This is very dense and lively with blueberry and blackberry character. Lots of purple fruit at the end. Full body and powerful tannins. Spicy undertones with hints of black tea.' 94 Points, James Suckling