Name: Saint-Estèphe AOP
Cuvee: Château Les Ormes de Pez
1x bottle 75cl
The Château des Ormes de Pez has been part of the Medoc wine landscape since the 18th century. This property, located in the north of the commune of Saint-Estèphe, produces powerful and racy wines with the characteristic elegance of the appellation. Having joined the Cazes family on the eve of the Second World War, the history of the estate is closely linked to that of Château Lynch-Bages.
Les Ormes de Pez, a typical Saint-Estèphe vineyard.
The vineyard of Château Ormes de Pez, typical of the Sain-Estèphe appellation, extends over 40 hectares of Garonne gravel.
The wines are elaborated with the same care as those of Château Lynch-Bages, Grand Cru classé de Pauillac. Under the direction of Tonio Sanfins, the estate's vineyard manager, the technical teams promote a precision reasoned agriculture taking into account environmental issues: ploughing the soil, minimizing the use of input products, resting the soil and fallow land in bloom, etc.
Harvesting is carried out by hand.
Vinification is carried out under the authority of Nicolas Labenne, technical director. The de-stemmed and crushed grapes are distributed in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. For about 20 days, alcoholic fermentation and maceration are ensured by progressive cycles of delestage and pumping over. A traditional winemaking process that favors the gentle extraction of color and tannins. Maturing continues for an average of 15 months in French oak barrels, 45% of which are renewed each year.
For a more precise working of the soil, the technicians are constantly developing innovative methods. Since 2010, they have been identifying homogenous intra-cellar zones using satellite photographs. They also participate in the development of new tractors in collaboration with the manufacturer.
Finally, their massal selection program allows them to preserve the genetic heritage of the vineyard and to obtain vine plans of the different grape varieties, historically present in Les Ormes de Pez.
Château Ormes de Pez 2012
A contrasting winter followed by a cool, rainy spring failed to make up for the water deficit that has accumulated over the past few campaigns. A dry and hot climate with some strong thermal amplitudes settles in between July 15 and September 24. The drought continues to grow. This particular climatic context generates local blockages inducing disparities in maturity with small berries.
The vegetative cycle of the Saint-Estèphe vineyard is one week later than that of Pauillac from the time of flowering. The soils, composed of deep gravel mixed with a good clay base, mitigate the negative effect of a significant water deficit. They thus ensure a progressive maturation of the grapes.
The Merlot harvest lasted four and a half days starting on October 4. The harvest will end on October 18 in rainy weather conditions.
Composed of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, Château Ormes de Pez 2012 has a deep garnet red color.
On the nose, this Saint-Estèphe reveals aromas of black fruits and spices, underlined by slightly roasted notes. The attack is fresh, the fleshy mouth develops with fullness on ripe and precise tannins. A beautiful balance for a late-maturing vintage.
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