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Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes dates back to the late 1800’s when it was established by the Armouroux family. The estate took its name from the small chapel located in their Southern Rhone Valley vineyards. 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
6 Vintages 20,613 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|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,. 91 Points
4,267 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. 91 Points
3,276 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,. 89 Points
2,914 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. 90 Points
2,111 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. 87 Points
3,530 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. 90 Points
4,515 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2014