Sunday, August 23, 2015

Domaine de l'Oratoire Saint Martin Reserve des Seigneurs Cairanne, 2006

The domaine's website recommends aging this wine six to eight years. I disagree: after eight years in the bottle, it is just now beginning to open up.

Deep ruby with a purplish rim. Like a young Gigondas: purple fruits and flowers. Mourvedre just stepping out of its shell. Patient sniffing is required but eventually tree bark evolves into violets, blue plums and black raspberries. Smooth texture. Old vine quality. I'll wait another year or so before opening my next bottle.

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