Sunday, February 23, 2020

Domaine de l'Oratoire Saint Martin Cairanne Cuvee Prestige, 2005

labelI have had this wine from numerous vintages at many stages of maturity, and it has always been a special wine. This 2005, though, may be the best of any I have had.

Beautiful bouquet right out of the gate. Black fruits, violets, blue plums and high-toned spices. All the same on the palate. Broad, rich well defined flavors. Mourvedre spiciness. Long, savory finish.

This cuvee is made from well situated Grenache and Mourvedre vines, some more than 100 years old. It is a substantial step up from the domaine's Reserve des Seigneurs, which is also one of my favorite wines. Since 2010, the Prestige Cuvee has been labeled Les Douyes and sells for $25 to $30 a bottle. It does not always age as well as this 2005, but it is a wine worth seeking out for your cellar.

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