Robert Parker 89
A big, fruity, hedonistic style of wine, the 2009 Les Ormes de Pez has a dense ruby/purple color, notes of incense and barbecue smoke and oodles of black berry and cassis fruit. It is medium to full-bodied, with silky tannins and low acidity. This attractive, very hedonistic style of wine should drink well for at least a decade.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022
Tasted blind. Slightly weak rim. Simple sweet-and-sour impression on the nose. And pretty simple on the palate. Something just a bit dead about this fruit. Box-ticking rather than thrilling. Drying, messy finish at the moment but it will probably develop into something rather fine. Very lively.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2035
The 2009 Les Ormes de Pez feels a little smudged and lacked the precision of its peers on the nose: leather and sage, plenty of cedar and sandalwood with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, a fine level of acidity but just missing the requisite panache and nuance on the finish. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits' annual Ten Year On tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2038