Domaine de l ‘Oratoire Cairanne (Côtes du Rhône) Reserve des Seigneurs Rouge 2009
60% Grenache 30% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah. This is the first of the Domaine ‘s three prestige reds. The Alary vineyards are located on steep hills of predominantly two lieux dits. Les Douyes and St Martin. For the Reserve des Seigneurs. the brothers blend old vine parcels (average vine age across these plantings is roughly 65 years) of Syrah. from the former site. and Grenache and Mourvèdre from the latter. Throughout the Rhône Valley. 2010 delivered some of the most balanced and complete wines we have ever had the pleasure of tasting. They offer Rhône lovers a dream brew of ripe. fresh and silky fruit balanced by a liveliness and tension seldom seen in southern Rhône. The palate is fine and energetic with pure. juicy wild blue fruit. sweet black cherries and notes of lavender. There are just enough ripe. powdery tannins but overall this is a tender. succulent and fresh 2010 that reminds us of the Estate ‘s brilliant 2010 vintage .. From the Importer.
“..reveals a darker plum/purple color as well as more definition and notes of graphite. blueberries. black raspberries and acacia flowers. Medium to full bodied. crisp. zesty and well focused. it should drink well for 5 7 years. ” 88 90 points. Robert Parker. Wine Advocate