2019 Ormes de Pez St Estephe, Bordeaux
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Ormes de Pez has a long history, traced back to the 16th century when it was known as Chateau de Pez. It later became known as Ormes de Pez after the French revolution for the many elm trees on the property (ormes meaning elm in French). Today the property is owned by the Cazes family, who also own the famed Chateau Lynch-Bages. Coming from the village of St Estephe on the left bank of Bordeaux, Ormes de Pez how's a great deal of richness due to the higher percentages of Merlot in the blend common for wines of the commune (higher proportions of clay soils being better for Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon). The wine sees up to 50% new oak, making a wine that is bold but classy, with plenty of freshness to carry the velvety texture.