2016 Ormes de Pez, Saint-Estephe (750ml) »FUTURES«

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2016 Ormes de Pez


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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Saint-Estephe
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Review Score: 94JS, 92JD, 92V, 92WS, 92WE

This is a FUTURES item. 2016 futures will begin arriving in 2019. > 36 bottles available.

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The dark berries, sandalwood and cedar aromas are certainly memorable. Full-bodied, dense and rich in the center palate with ripe, polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Dense and powerful. Try after 2025.

94 points, James Suckling (Feb 2019)

A terrific Saint-Estephe that delivers the goods, the 2016 Château Ormes de Pez is mostly Merlot blended with 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, all brought up in 45% new French oak. This medium to full-bodied effort has impressive ripeness and concentration as well as tannic structure to go with notes of ripe black cherries, graphite, smoked earth, and background oak. Beautifully textured, it’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for two decades.

92 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Feb 2019)

The 2016 Les Ormes de Pez has a tightly wound, graphite-scented bouquet that needs a little coaxing from the glass but eventually reveals discreet minerally scents mixed with sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied with quite succulent tannin, and certainly more approachable than the Les Ormes de Pez of the past, delivering gentle grip toward the tarry finish. This is a finely crafted Saint-Estèphe from team Cazes.

92 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Jan 2019)

This is nicely coiled up, with damson plum, raspberry and bitter cherry coulis flavors held in check for now by vivid savory, lilac and iron notes. Features length, cut and drive, so cellar to let this round into form. Displays a textbook St.-Estèphe profile, with pleasant austerity on full display. Best from 2022 through 2032.

92 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (2019)

Under the same ownership as Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, this wine shows much of the same rich concentration as those bottlings. Its tannins are as present as the spicy flavors that come through the blackberry fruits. The aftertaste is dark and firm. Drink from 2024.

92 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (May 2019)