2002 Oriel - L'Exception 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

This shows complexity and length. Plenty of blackberry and toasted oak on the nose follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with a solid core of fruit and firm tannins. Long and silky finish. Lots going on in the glass. This is a new tiny-production, handmade wine that was fermented in 225-liter barrels. From Chateau Quinault.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Author: James Suckling


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

Red-ruby. Aromas of black cherry, licorice, mint and tarry oak; seems less evolved than the 2002 Quinault. Then dense, tightly wound and primary, and not yet showing the personality of the Quinault. Finishes with substantial but sweet tannins and good chewy length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Average rating: 90, based on 2 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

151 bottles owned by 33 collectors.

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About This Producer


Oriel wines are made by some of the world's most celebrated winemakers and their goal is to help consumers discover great handmade wines from around the globe.

Oriel wines are handmade in miniscule quantities, because making great wine is a lot like making great food - to make a little with the very best ingredients is possible, to make a lot is not. Oriel wines are made especially for Oriel, just a few barrels at a time, and express the distinct characters of the vineyards they come from.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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