Learn everything about Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, a history of the property, information on the vineyards, and winemaking. If you want to read about other important wineries and winemakers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles
Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes dates back to the late 1800s, 1880 to be exact. That is the year Edouard Amouroux bought the vineyard and established what is now known as Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes. The estate took its name from the small chapel located in their Southern Rhone Valley vineyards. The design for the label on their bottles was created in 1926 and is still in use today. In 1999, the owner of Ogier Caves des Papes purchased Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes from the Amouroux family.
Clos de l’Oratorie Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes owns 22 hectares of vines in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. 20.5 hectares are used to produce red Chateauneuf du Pape wine grapes. 1.5 hectares are reserved for the white wine grape varieties.
Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes produces 2 red, Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 1 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc.
Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape is produced from 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. The vines for this wine are close to 50 years of age. The wine is aged in a combination of foudres and French oak barrels, some of which are new, but most are used. The wine is aged for 10-12 months before bottling. On average, the annual production is 7,000 cases per year.
Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Choregies is made from a blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. The grapes are always destemmed. The wine is aged for 14 months in a combination of demi-muids along with new and used, French oak barrels. On average, 400 cases are produced each vintage.
Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Blanc is made from a blend of 25% Grenache Blanc, 25% Roussanne, 25% Bourboulenc and 25% Clairette. After aging for between 4 to 6 months in a combination of tanks and used, French oak barrels, the annual production is 750 cases per vintage.
When to Drink Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for about 1 hour, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes is usually better with 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages, the wine should be consumed within 3-10 years after the vintage.
Serving Clos de l’Oratoire with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Clos de l’Oratoire is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Clos de l’Oratoire is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue, and cassoulet. Clos de l’Oratoire is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant, tomatoes, and cheese.
The white wine of Clos de l’Oratoire is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork, and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Wine Tasting Notes
9 Vintages 27,154 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2019||Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Blanc (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Following the initial note of ripe, white peach, the wine quickly moves to its core of honeysuckle and fresh, sweet citrus. On the palate the wine is juicy and fresh with the perfect snap to the yellow fruit in the finish. Drink from 2022 - 2028
1,457 Views Tasted Jan 9, 2022
|2019||Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Les Choregies (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Elegant, fresh, spicy, and refined, the wine is medium-bodied, forward and packed with layers of sweet, ripe, silky kirsch, wild strawberries, herbs and olives. This is already a pleasure in your glass. Drink from 2022 - 2035
1,447 Views Tasted Jan 9, 2022
|2019||Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Garrigue, green olives and peppery kirsch shows up easily on the nose. The medium-bodied, soft, sweet, fresh, kirsch palate is already disarmingly easy to taste. I like how the kirsch notes stick with you, finishing with hints of dust in the finish. The wine is a blend of 80% Grenache with Syrah, and Cinsault. Drink from 2022 - 2032
2,191 Views Tasted Jan 9, 2022
|2016||Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, spicy, fresh and loaded with kirsch and pepper, the wine is ready to go, if you like it on the fresh spicy, bright side of life. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 7% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault,.
4,454 Views Tasted Sep 18, 2018
|2015||Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Les Choregies (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Produced from 95% Grenache, blended with 5% Cinsault, the wine shows off its black raspberry and spice qualities with ease. Elegant, sweet, soft and fresh, there is a purity to the red fruits and peppery essence you find readily in the end notes.
3,819 Views Tasted Aug 24, 2017
|2015||Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, forward, spicy and smoky, with a stony note before the red berries kick in, the wine is fresh, light, clean and fresh with a sweetness to the soft textured, cherries and kirsch. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 7% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault,.
3,019 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2014||Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, soft, silky, and spicy, this is a forward, charming wine with freshness, energy and peppery, sweet cherries. The wine was made from a blend of 80% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 7% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault.
2,324 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2016
|2013||Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, soft, forward, and serving up an easy drinking, red cherry charm.
3,606 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2015
|2012||Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Truffle and fennel notes complicate the red fruits on the nose, before the soft, medium bodied, sweet cherry finish kicks in. The wine was produced from a blend of 80% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 7% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault, and reached 15% alcohol.
4,837 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2014