Vinified at Chateau Lynch-Bages, the 1970 Chateau Les Ormes de Pez, Saint-Estephe
Both Chateau Les Ormes de Pez and Chateau Lynch-Bages were acquired by the Cazes family in the 1930s. Though Chateau Les Ormes de Pez is only a bourgeois estate, it received careful attention for decades such that David Peppercorn comments that it “is one of the most consistent and enjoyable cru bourgeois of St Estephe”. This consistency was no doubt helped by the wine being vinified and stored at Chateau Lynch-Bages until the 1981 vintage. Andre Cazes took over the estate in 1966 and persuaded his son Jean-Michel to join in 1972. There was, apparently, a rocky period then in the 1960s and 1970s. This was due to a combination of other business interests, lack of experience, and lack of any significant investment in either property since they were originally reconditioned.
David Peppercorn found that the 1970 Chateau Lynch-Bages “truly measured up to what one had come to expect”. This quality apparently extended to Chateau Les Ormes de Pez for Stephen Brook found the 1970 “had a sweet blackcurranty nose and masses of flavour in the 1980s”. This particular bottle, with its mid-shoulder fill, was actually quite enjoyable. It still had a good nose and defined flavors of strawberry fruit with some attractive cedar notes. Were there just a touch more vigor and longer finish it would easily rate higher. I would not hesitate to buy a well-stored, high-fill bottle at the right price. This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.
1970 Chateau Les Ormes de Pez, Saint-Estephe
Shipped by Francois Gauthier. This wine is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. Imported by Apex Liquors. Mid-shoulder fill. The nose bore both fruit and minerals. In the mouth were softer, strawberry flavors, a soft middle then a drying finish. With air the fruit took on weight, showing some tartness too before the hints of cedar in the finish. While the finish was a touch short this was a nice, flavorful wine. ** Now.