Brief Wine Note – 1998 Chateau Clos de L’Oratoire

15 May

I am a sucker for a good wine from St. Emilion.  There is something about Cab Franc & Merlot that, when its right, is unbeatable.

Right off the bat this wine showed fabulous aromatics; not just the earthy smell that most people associate with Bordeaux, but also dark cherry fruit, spicebox, and a hint of chocolate.  The level and ripeness of the fruit would have almost suggested California, but the earthiness and structure of the wine on the palate spoke of Old World origin.  The quality of the wine persisted over a period of several hours. 

This wine is just hitting its stride…

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