1999 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion

SKU #1002101 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This opaque purple-colored St.-Emilion is one of the starts of the vintage. The wine exhibits aromas of new saddle leather, damp earth, blackberries, incense, cassis, and toast. An intriguing tapenade note emerges with airing. It is full-bodied, with sweet tannin, low acidity, and impressive concentration. (RP)  (2/2002)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Delivers sweet blackberry and floral aromas, with cappuccino undertones. Full-bodied, offering a lovely core of ripe fruit and silky tannins. Long and caressing finish. A beautiful wine here. Just right. (JS, Web-2010)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium ruby-red. Extroverted, distinctly sauvage nose of roasted meat and leather. Fat and soft in the mouth, with plenty of inner-mouth flavor interest. Seems longer today than the same owner's Aiguilhe, and the tannins are finer and sweeter. (ST)  (5/2002)

K&L Notes

Lots of blackberry fruit, exotic. Plenty of fruit behind the flash. Long finish.

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion