Founded in the 18th century, Chateau Ormes de Pez is located in the Medoc, in the appellation of Saint-Estephe. Owned by the Cazes family since 1940, Chateau Ormes de Pez has undergone major renovations and modernizations. The estate takes its name from the word "pez" meaning "peace" in the local dialect, also meaning the elm trees that once were found on the estate before this variety died out in Europe. The wines of Chateau Ormes de Pez are produced with the same care and attention as those of the Pauillac Cru Classe Chateau Lynch-Bages, which also belongs to the Cazes family. Reflecting the typical style of Saint-Estephe, the wines of Chateau Ormes de Pez combine generous and bright fruit with a fleshy texture and powerful material, promising a very good aging potential.
Located to the north of the town of Saint-Estephe, the Chateau Ormes de Pez vineyard covers 40 hectares of vines planted on two distinct terroirs. Here, we find the famous “Garonnaise gravel” in gravelly plots with quartz and rolled pebble soils. The terroir of Chateau Ormes de Pez is also marked by the presence of clay-sandy plots, which are cooler. The vines are 35 years old on average and the grape varieties of the property reflect the winemaking tradition of the Medoc.
While the winter was marked by heavy rainfall, the mild weather during the spring favored the development of the vines. Despite a few rainy days and a drop in temperatures at the end of April, the vineyard cycle was 3 weeks ahead of schedule. The good climatic conditions of May favored an even flowering. The dry and sunny summer was characterized by great thermal amplitudes, ensuring the optimal ripening of the grapes. In mid-August, some stormy days helped the fruit ripen. The hot, dry conditions that followed allowed for the harvest of small, perfectly concentrated grapes.
Vinification and aging
The wine was aged for a period of 16 months in oak barrels, of which 45% were new oak barrels.
The Chateau Ormes de Pez 2020 was made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (38%), Merlot (54%), Cabernet Franc (4%) and Petit Verdot (4%).