Stephan von Neipperg, the Count of the Holy Roman Empire and owner of six different Chateaus in Saint-Emilion in Bordeaux’s Right Bank has done nothing short of wonders to turn Clos de l’Oratoire into the force it is today.
First, he hired who has become one of if not the best winemaker in all of Bordeaux, Stéphane Derenoncourt. Then, through rigorous work in the fields throughout the year, they turned the winery into something special, which has been for over two decades since the Count took over.
In the 2016 vintage, Clos de l’Oratoire’s wine is exceptional. 96 Points from James Suckling, 94 more from Vinous, who called this beauty, “super-expressive, layered Saint-Émilion”
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96 Points, James Suckling
The aromas are very decadent with white truffle, dark berries and wet earth. Dense raspberries. Full-bodied, it grows on the palate with fantastic chewy tannins that are polished and intense. Like a beautifully formed wave in texture. Try in 2022.
94 Points, Vinous
The 2016 Clos de l’Oratoire is dense, resonant, but also quite closed in on itself. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, licorice and smoke all meld together in this super-expressive, layered Saint-Émilion. In 2016, Clos de l’Oratoire is quite understated and shows more of an emphasis on freshness than in the past, typical of all the Stephan von Neipperg’s wines today.