Clos de l'Oratoire 2009

St Emilion, Grand Cru Classé

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Tasting Notes

A flamboyant St.-Emilion, this largely-Merlot blend displays notes of Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, tobacco leaf, and loads of black currant and blackberry fruit. A showy, extravagantly concentrated, hedonistic style of St.-Emilion, with some wood smoke and roasted herbs adding nuance to the full-throttle aromatics and long, lush, silky flavors, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for up to 15+ years.

Score: 93

Robert Parker, 01 March 2012

The 2009 Clos de l’Oratoire, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, exhibits an inky/ruby/purple color along with a big, sweet nose of incense, blackberries, blueberries, cedar, and spice box. Rich, opulent, and full-bodied, this offering is a complete turn-on that should provide enormous pleasure over the next 10-15 years. (Tasted four times.) Stefan von Neipperg’s 25-acre St.-Emilion estate (planted in clay and limestone) had slight hail damage, which resulted in somewhat smaller yields (28 hectoliters per hectare).

Score: 91 - 93

Robert Parker, Maturity: 2010-25 01 April 2010

Wild nose of flowers, sweet tobacco and ripe fruit, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Firm tannins, yet fresh finish. Try after 2018.

Score: 93

James Suckling Maturity: 2018+ 15 February 2012

Loads of aniseed and black licorice aromas. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a lovely balance of fruit, and everything else. Love the length. 90 percent Merlot and 10 percent Cabernet Franc

Score: 92 - 95

James Suckling, Wine Spectator 01 April 2010

Tasted at Canon-la-Gaffeliere, cropped at just 20hl/ha between 7th and 12th October, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this has an opulent bouquet with pure black cherries, black plum, a touch of wet sand and a hint of cooked meat. The palate is medium-bodied with creamy new oak, quite plush, modern, but very seductive with a hint of savoury fruit, perhaps even a touch of dried salami towards the finish that adds another level of intrigue. Very fine. Tasted March 2010.

Score: 90 - 92

Neal Martin, 21 April 2010

Very sweet and rich and opulent and fresh and lively. Slithery texture.

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2014-2027 08 April 2010

Sweet cloves, spices and jam. Intense with opulent fruit and good weight.

Score: 90 - 92

Albany Vintners, - 01 April 2010