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2022 Château Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe

Released this morning for sale en primeur, 2022 Château Ormes de Pez is offered at £256 per dozen.  Often over-shadowed by Lynch-Bages, its more famous sibling, Ormes de Pez is in St-Estèphe and was formerly a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, until it opted out of the classification.  The 2022 has some of the power and density of Lynch-Bages, with 51% Merlot in the blend, giving a plummy, silky mouthfeel to the wine. 

One thing we haven't much commented on so far is the role of Merlot in the '22 vintage, which did particularly well.  Often planted on clay-dominated soils which do well in periods of low rainfall, Merlot is behind the fleshy character of many of the wines.  Something we have talked about is how much we enjoyed tasting the St-Estèphes this year.  Invariably they showed classic notes of graphite and crushed rock. 

This mineral character offsets the fleshy roundness, resulting in beautifully balanced wines, like the 2022 Château Ormes de Pez.  At just over £21 per bottle in bond, we agree with Jeb Dunnuck when he says "This serious wine is worth seeking out" (93-95 points).  

Offered en primeur, landing spring 2025.

Magnums available with £15 ex-VAT bottling surcharge, please enquire for other formats.

All previous offers of 2022 Bordeaux can be found here.


Offered en primeur landing spring 2025.


Château Ormes de Pez, Cru Bourgeois St.-Estèphe

Producer Profile

Château Ormes de Pez, Cru Bourgeois St.-Estèphe

Ormes de Pez has in the past taken reflected glory from Lynch (Haut-Batailley is stealing some of that now).   We mustn't forget what a great, all-round wine this is in its own right.  Formerly a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, with excellent terroir and the benefit of Cazes investment and know-how, this is a great, affordable expression of classic St.-Estèphe structure, made in a traditional style.   

At the time of the French Revolution, the current property was called Domaine de Pez (meaning ''peace'' in the local dialect).  The elms (''ormes'') that have appeared on the bottle labels since 2003 grew on the grounds of the domaine until Dutch Elm disease struck in the 1950s.

In around 1880, Marie Cazes married Jean Guillou, the Ormes de Pez Cellar Master. He was sadly killed at the very beginning of the Great War and so Marie subsequently took over the business. Her brother Jean-Charles Cazes took over Ormes de Pez in 1940.

Vineyard manager Rafaël Destruhaut-Balladu uses integrated agriculture, including sustainable treatments, optimised plant-health control and fallow periods for soil rest. Grapes are harvested by hand.
Vinification is the responsibility of Daniel Llose and Nicolas Labenne. Grapes are divided into temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. Alcoholic fermentation and maceration last for around 20 days during which progressive cycles of 'rack and return' and pumping over are carried out. This traditional winemaking method prioritises gentle extraction of colour and tannins. The wine is then aged for around 15 months in French oak barrels, 45% of which are new oak.
Satellite photography has been used since 2010 to identify homogenous intra-parcel areas.  An ongoing 'Massal selection' program preserves the genetic character of the vineyards, based on historical plantings at Ormes de Pez.

The château itself has been renovated as a smart guest house.


RED 2022 Château Ormes de Pez 75cl £256 per case of 12 Château Ormes de Pez
2022 / / 75cl
£256 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"Exhibiting aromas of rich cassis, pencil shavings and petals, the 2022 Ormes de Pez is medium to full-bodied, broad and fleshy, with a deep core of fruit and plenty of powdery structuring tannin. It's a blend of 51% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 90-92 points" William Kelley,"The 2022 Ormes de Per is bold, pungent and savory, in classic Saint-Estèphe style. Gravel, cured meats, spice and leather give the 2022 a good bit of aromatic and flavor complexity. Medium in body, with good depth, the 2022 has a ton to offer. This is a terrific showing. 91-93 points" Antonio Galloni,"In line with the rest of the St Estèphe appellation in terms of its plum colour and vivid violet rim, this is already promising to be easy to drink, with supple velvet tannins, cocoa bean, caramel, sweet blackberry fruits, fig tart, patisserie cream, spice red peppers, it retains the appealingly unfussy welcome of Ormes de Pez even with the ripe signatures of the vintage. Blend finished February. Quantity down 40% after hail in June. 45% new oak. 93 points"""The 2022 Ormes de Pez is matured in 45% new oak for a planned 16 months. It has a perfumed and floral bouquet, quite sensual for a Saint-Estèphe, developing blue fruit with time in the glass. The oak is neatly enmeshed. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a high-toned and racy opening. Good acidity, the Merlot (51%) occupies the driving seat and ensures its silky-textured finish, a mote of chalk dust on the aftertaste. Just needs its élevage to knit it all together. 92-94 points" Neal Martin,"A juicy and fruity red with blackberry, black cherry and chocolate character. Full and round with freshness and intensity. Very spicy. Black olives, too. 51% merlot, 39% cabernet sauvignon, 8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. 93-94 points""Another brilliant Saint-Estèphe, the 2022 Château Ormes De Pez offers up lots of ripe blue and black fruits as well textbook earth, crushed stone, and graphite. Showing more nuance and floral notes with time in the glass, this medium to full-bodied effort has plenty of mid-palate depth, velvety yet building tannins, and nicely integrated background oak. This serious wine is worth seeking out. Tasted twice. 93-95 points"

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