Sunday, June 12, 2011

Domaine de l'Oratoire Saint Martin Cuvee Prestige Cairanne, 1998

Domaine de l'Oratoire Saint Martin's Cairanne is one of my favorite Cotes du Rhone Villages wines. Although it's usually best for drinking between ages five and seven, this 1998 is still showing very well.

The color is a deep ruby, somewhat burnished. The bouquet is nicely developed--very fragrant and fresh with smells of blueberries, garrigue and spice. Has '98 ripeness. On the palate, there is cherry/berry fruit appeal but with significant depth and concentration. This is Cairanne at its best, but the alcohol is beginning to intrude a bit on the finish so it's time to drink up.

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