Robert Parker 89
The medium to deep garnet colored 2009 Ormes de Pez gives up meaty notes of chargrill and rosemary-roasted lamb over a core of warm cassis and baked plums plus a waft of fried herbs. Medium-bodied, it has a firm, chewy frame and bold freshness supporting the savory layers, finishing with an herbal lift.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2026
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