Full ruby-red. Inky blackberry, black cherry, licorice and minerals on the nose. Sweet and densely packed, with a lush texture but also good enlivening minerality to the blueberry and dark chocolate flavors. Seamless and vinous Saint-Emilion, finishing with very suave tannins and noteworthy length and energy. An outperformer in 2006.
Robert Parker 90
Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. The Clos l’Oratoire is savoury, perhaps slightly disjointed on the nose with dark cherry and a hint of sandalwood. The palate is quietly impressive: well balanced with hint of exotic fruit interwoven through the sappy blackberry, raspberry and dark cherry. It seems to have lower acidity that its peers, but I noticed how it coalesces and evolves greater structure with aeration in the glass. Tasted January 2010.
Dark crimson. Ripe red fruits plus chocolate on the nose. Then pretty skinny on the mid palate. For the moment, all framework rather than flesh. Tight sandpaper tannins on the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018