Thursday, November 17, 2022

Domaine Oratoire Saint Martin Cairanne Reserve des Seigneurs, 2015

My experience with Oratoire Saint Martin Cairanne tells me to drink the Reserve des Seigneurs several years earlier than the Prestige (now known as Les Douyes). Seven years after the vintage seems to be perfect for this 2015.

Deep and dark with medium ruby at the rim. This bottling has 30% Mourvedre to go with 60% Grenache and 10% Syrah. Most of the Mourvedre  and Grenache come from vines planted in the 1950s, and the wine was matured in concrete vats. The Mourvedre and Syrah undoubtedly give it the dark color. Cherry berry scents but some black raspberries too along with violets, thyme and aromatic spices. Beautifully balanced with ripe tannins that frame the fruit balanced by fresh acidity. All the beauty of a young Southern Rhone but with the depth, complexity and seriousness that define Domaine Oratoire Saint Martin.

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