2003 Oriel L'Exception
Wine Spectator: 91 pts
Decanter Magazine: 4/5 stars
L'Exception is named for the unique process whereby this wine undergoes
both its primary and secondary fermentations in custom made oak barrels.
Vineyards | Winemaking
40–70 year old vines in a walled vineyard in Libourne dating
to the 17th century. Well-draining gravel and sand soils.
Aged 18–24 months in French oak (100% new).
75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec. Picked: September 26–October 4, 2003.
Aroma: Wild berry and cranberry with hints of cassis, vanilla and licorice.
Taste: Deep blackberry and plum with fine tannins and an elegant finish.
Drink by Date
Best after 2008.
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