Domaine de l ‘Oratoire St Martin Cotes Du Rhone 2009
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This is possibly the best domaine in the entire Côtes du Rhône Villages area The wines are full. intense and concentrated. surprisingly sophisticated. At less than half the price of a top Châteauneuf this domaine offers splendid value for money. Clive Coates.
This is one of the most highly respected estates in the southern Rhone. Almost every insider speaks of l ™Oratoire Saint Martin. run by Frederic and Francois Alary. as an example of a perfectly managed. impeccably manicured vineyard as well as meticulous winemaking. Robert Parker
Oratoire vineyards have been in the Alary family ‘s hands since the 1600s! It is certified organic vineyard (predominantly between 60 100 years old) and employs biodynamic practices as well. The Domaine is doing everything to produce the finest fruit quality very low crops ( 28hl/ht in 2009). gentle handling of fruit and wine. large. neutral oak for both fermentation and aging have made a significant impact.
Vineyard sites are high up on the hill behind Cairanne (most southern Rhone wines come from the flats) near Rasteau and look out to Gigondas and down at Châteauneuf du Pape. They have a soil profile rich in limestone and clay which lends elegance and complexity to these full bodied reds.
The power of the great 2009 harvest reveals purity of fruit. spice and plenty of structure in this fine red blend 80% Grenache with balance of Mourvedre. Syrah. Counoise and Vaccarèse. Cellar this or decant this fine wine. it will not dissappoint. RRP $34 Limited