In this vintage where optical sorting was used for the first time at the property - to further refine the selection of the grapes before vinification by sorting out stems and the berries without perfect ripeness - Ormes de Pez 2015 is a singular Saint-Estèphe. The wine shows an intense colour, almost like ink. The nose is expressive - although dense and not revealing all its complete aromatic potential at this stage - and an ample black fruit and beautiful aromatic freshness can be detected. On the palate, the wine rests on its solid tannic framework, already well integrated into the rich fruit, and with a velvety sensation on the finish. The wine has weight and length. The technical and human choices helped make this wine a very successful Saint-Estèphe with an obviously great aging potential. Note that this vintage returns to a blend using Merlot as a predominant grape variety, which the estate has not used for over 15 years. Indeed, the 2015 Ormes de Pez has 49% Merlot and 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2015 Les Ormes de Pez is a blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot that is being matured in 45% new oak. It has a well-defined bouquet with blackberry and bilberry fruit, although compared to recent vintages, it does not quite possess the same fruit intensity, feels just a little muted at this stage. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, nicely balanced though a little angular at the moment. It needs just a bit more fruit to fill out the final third. Give this 4-5 years of bottle age and you will have a decent, if not top-tier Les Ormes de Pez.