2000 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion

SKU #1003900 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Ripe, well-made, and slightly over-rated in my report written seven years ago, this 2000 exhibits lots of black currants, cherries, smoked herbs, and spice in a full-bodied, round, generous, fully mature style.  (6/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Subtle, yet rich. Refined, yet powerful. Full-bodied, with super silky tannins, yet it's elegant and caressing. Joy to taste. Fantastic l'Oratoire. From the same people who bring you La Mondotte and Canon-La Gaffelière. Best after 2010.  (3/2003)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium ruby. Roasted red and black fruits and a meaty nuance on the nose. Sweet, fat and very ripe; seems more Pomerol in style than St. Emilion. Finishes with full, ripe tannins. 'A bon-bon, not an intellectual wine,' says proprietor Stephan von Neipperg.  (6/2003)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Saint Emilion