Château Les Ormes de Pez
Saint-Estèphe, Médoc, Bordeaux
Owned by the Cazes family who purchased it in 1927 and who also own Lynch Bages, Chateau Les Ormes de Pez gets its name in part from the local village of Pez with 'Les Ormes' translating to 'The Elms.' At almost 35 hectares, Les Ormes de Pez has an annual production of just over 200,000 bottles.
The wine is generally considered to be very high in quality for a Cru Bourgeois and could easily live within the Fifth Growth classification. As a consequence it is great value-for-money. In 1993 the estate underwent a complete renovation of its winemaking facilities.
The wine is very dark in colour and very big, robust and impressive in the old style of Bordeaux winemaking. Being well-structured with a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, it has excellent powers to age - this is one of the highest proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon used in St Estephe which is renown for it highly tannic wines. Despite this, Ormes de Pez has more elegance and finesse that its immediate neighbours that use less Cabernet.
The vine age is kept at around 30 years, the ageing in oak lasts for 15 months and the wine in only filtered if considered absolutely necessary.