Clos de l'Oratoire 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ripeness and power: a clean, intense front presents beautiful red fruit and spice, with a touch of minerality. The silky tannin structure provides a long finish of exotic fruit flavors.
"This almost gushes forth, with very ripe plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit, but there's ganache and charcoal riding in quickly behind it for balance, and the finish has ample grip, with a singed apple wood note hanging in the background. Best from 2014 through 2026."
"This is a nicely balanced Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with a bright edge of acidity running through the red-fruit flavors of cherries and raspberries. It’s full bodied and a bit creamy in texture, but still crisp and firmly constructed, with a lingering touch of anise on the finish. Drink now–2025. "
"The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Clos de l’Oratoire, a blend of 80% Grenache and the rest equal parts Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault aged in foudres (some of the Syrah is kept in new oak), exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue along with rich black raspberry and berry fruit intermixed with a notion of Asian spice. Seductive, medium to full-bodied and pure, this classic Provencal wine is slightly more evolved and forward than most 2010s."
The Wine Advocate
Earth & Spicy
I wish I had waited another few years - but I wanted to serve it with Christmas dinner to my in-laws. It was good, but definitely will improved w/ a few more years, as recommended. So, I'm saving the other one.
Learn About Clos de l'Oratoire
Since acquisition by Ogier in 2000, the reputation of Clos de l’Oratoire des
Papes has grown across five continents, yet is still crafted in respect to a great
heritage. The distinctive label, created in 1928, has remained unchanged to this
day. A continuous quest for perfection has been honoured by the international
press, making Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes a reference wine in Châteauneuf-du-
Pape, and a presence in top restaurants and exclusive retailers.
Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape
(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...
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Learn About Rhone Red Blends
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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