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1998 Clos de l'Oratoire (750ml)
  Producer: Clos de l'Oratoire neipperg.com
Appellation: Saint Émilion Grand Cru - Libournais - France (Grand Cru Classé)
Type: red
Varietal: Merlot - Cabernet Franc
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$33.95
Tasting Notes:
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rated: May 3, 2007 , Catherine Granger ManageYourCellar.com
4 stars "Dark garnet color showing no sign of age. The nose has wonderful gamey aromas with sweet berry notes in the background. The palate offers a rich layered array of flavors, a nice balance between tannins and acidity and a persistent earthy/mocha finish."
rated: June 12, 2002 , jerome dobson
94 points "A blockbuster. Black in color, with extremely grapey, toasted oak and dark chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, with loads of big, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Best Clos de L'Oratoire ever. Best after 2010. 4,000 cases made. (JS)" Best 2002-2020
rated: November 16, 2002 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
92 points "An opaque blue/purple color is accompanied by a sensational bouquet of melted fudge, plums, Asian spices, blackberries, and prunes. Smoky, barbeque-like spices also emerge with airing. Full-bodied, super-extracted, rich, pure, and mouth-saturating, this large-scaled effort can be consumed with pleasure, but it will age for two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020. " Best 2002-2020