Founded in the 18th century, Chateau Ormes de Pez is located in the Medoc, in the Saint-Estephe appellation. Owned by the Cazes family since 1939, Chateau Ormes de Pez has undergone major renovations and modernization, of both the tools and the vineyard. 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 Cru Classe de Pauillac 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 body, 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 sandy-clay plots which are cooler and favored by the Merlot varietal. The vines are 35 years old on average.
A Rock and Roll vintage in the words of Jean-Charles Cazes, 2021, like the previous ones, started out as an early vintage only to be delayed in its vegetative cycle. Following sunny years and favourable climatic conditions, the contrast is all the more striking... rain during flowering, cool temperatures... fortunately, favorable weather set in at the end of September and enabled the low yields to reach a perfect level of ripeness and concentration.
The Merlot harvest began on 09/29, followed by the Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The harvest ended on 10/09.
Vinification and aging
Following a classic vinification process which lasted around 20 days, the run-off began on 10/19. After malolactic fermentation in January, the wines are then put into barrels to be aged in wood (45% new barrels) for 16 months.
Chateau Ormes de Pez 2021 has an intense and deep garnet color and develops an elegant style with a high alcohol content. The tannins are present but well-coated, resulting in a harmonious, delicious wine with aromas of morello cherries and black fruit. The freshness that is the identity of this vintage is palpable and gives the wine a great length.