2003 Oriel L'Exception

Saint-Emilion, France


Wine Spectator: 91 pts
Decanter Magazine: 4/5 stars

Name Story

L'Exception is named for the unique process whereby this wine undergoes both its primary and secondary fermentations in custom made oak barrels.


Alain Raynaud

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Food Pairings

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Bottle: 750ml