Château Les Ormes-de-Pez

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Château Les Ormes de Pez 2001 vintage label

Château Les Ormes-de-Pez, or Château Ormes de Pez, (French for The Elms of Pez) is a winery in the Saint-Estèphe appellation of the Bordeaux wine region of France, near the hamlet of Pez. The wine produced here was classified as one of 9 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnels in the 2003 listing.[1] Though this classification is currently annulled, it is expected to be revived by the 2009 vintage, but without use of the quality divisions such as "exceptionnel".[2]


The Château and buildings date from 1792, constructed after the division and sale of Château de Pez as a result of the French Revolution.[3] During the 19th century it was owned by Marcel Alibert, also the owner of Château Belgrave, until it was sold in 1927 to the Société Civile du Haut Médoc.[4] Financial trouble forced the estate to be sold on to Jean-Charles Cazes in 1930, who passed it on to his son André Cazes.[3]

To date the estate is owned by the Cazes family, also owners of Château Lynch-Bages.[5] For many years the vinification took place at Lynch-Bages, but the cuvier and chai of Ormes-de-Pez were modernised before the 1981 vintage.[3] After a long period of management by Jean-Michel Cazes, he has been succeeded by his son Jean-Charles Cazes.[4]


The vineyard area, divided into two blocks north and south of the village of Saint-Estèphe, extends 33 hectares (82 acres), with the grape varieties of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot.[4]

The annual production of the Grand vin Château Ormes de Pez is typically 15,000 cases.[6] No second wine is produced.[4]


  1. ^ 2003 Official List
  2. ^ Anson, Jane, Decanter (February 26, 2008). "Cru Bourgeois revived". Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. 
  3. ^ a b c Peppercorn, David (2003). Bordeaux. London: Mitchell Beazley. pp. 212–213. ISBN 1-84000-927-6. 
  4. ^ a b c d Kissack, Chris, "Chateau Les Ormes de Pez". 
  5. ^ H. Johnson & J. Robinson The World Atlas of Wine p. 88, Mitchell Beazley Publishing 2005, ISBN 1-84000-332-4
  6. ^ Suckling, James, Wine Spectator (March 31, 2007). "50 Best Bordeaux under $50", p. 82

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