Clos de l'Oratoire 1998
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|Score: 92||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
An opaque blue/purple color is accompanied by a sensational bouquet of melted fudge, plums, Asian spices, blackberries, and prunes. Smoky, barbeque-like spices also emerge with airing. Full-bodied, super-extracted, rich, pure, and mouth-saturating, this large-scaled effort can be consumed with pleasure, but it will age for two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020.
|Score: 92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001|
|Score: 91/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000|
|Score: 89/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999|
Notably deep crimson with just a suggestion of age at the rim. Rich, opulent nose. Yet good freshness too. Velvety texture – real gloss to it. Racy start but masses of tannin underneath. Maybe just a little too tannic for the evolution of the fruit? Meaty.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2006|
Under the same ownership as Canon La Gaffeliere and la Mondotte with the same dynamic young winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt. This wine is made from 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Similar black colour to Canon la Gaffeliere but the extra Merlot in the blend gives it an even richer, plumper mouth-feel. Amazing concentration.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, June 1999|
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