Oriel L'Absolu 2002
(renamed L'Exception)

A 350-case wine made from 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec from the oldest wines in Dr Alain Raynaud's vineyard for the new ORIEL label. Huge colour, but not thick and inky, just lovely purple red, very fine blackberry nose lifted by the aromas of Cabernet Franc, supple and seductive with very good length.

- SS