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Clos de l'Oratoire

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2018 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Medium bodied, elegant, fresh and charming! At the core of this wine you'll find licorice, smoke, cherry, flowers, wet earth, soft tannins and a dried, red pit fruit finish. The wine was made from blending 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 92-94 Pts

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2017 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Strawberry, earth, black cherry and floral notes open the wine. Medium/full bodied with lush, soft textures, the fruit is juicy, fresh and sweet. You can drink this young or age it for a few years. The wine was made from blending 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place September 26 to October 10. Due to the frost, close to 65% of the harvest was lost.

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2016 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Black cherry liqueur, dark chocolate, flowers, smoke and espresso on the nose, when this wine hits your palate you’ll find ripe, fresh, sweet, silky dark red berries and plum. Blending 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, there is a sweetness and softness to the tannins, carrying fruit and freshness to the endnote.

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2015 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Silky, soft, fresh and fruity, you can already find some secondary notes of truffle, tobacco, flowers and earth. Medium/full bodied with a silky, lush finish, give this a few years in the cellar and it will be even better.

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Fresh, sweet, ripe Blackberries, licorice and chocolate pop from the blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. There is sweetness, plush textures and a mineral-driven finish to top things off.

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2014 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Blending 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, there is a sweetness and softness to the tannins, carrying the fruit and freshness to the endnote. The wine is aging in 50% new, French oak barrels. 90-92 Pts

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2013 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Cigar box, licorice and black cherry fruits are quickly followed by a soft, medium-bodied finish with sweet red and black plum. From 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol. From yields of 17 hectares per hectare, the wine is aging in 40% new French oak. 88-91 Pts

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2012 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Showing nicely, with only a few years of age, the licorice, cherry, earth and floral notes are already in plain view. Soft, refined, and with plenty of fruit in the middle, give it another couple of years for more complexity.

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Thyme, earth, and black cherries, already open, with a sweet, fresh, cherry and wild strawberry, dusted with cocoa in the finish.

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From 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine will be aged in 60% new French oak. With licorice, earth, cherries and round textures, this medium-bodied wine has a sweet, red cherry finish. 89-91 Pts

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2011 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Medium bodied, soft, open and already giving pleasure, the core of spicy cherries, flowers and earthy sensations make this a well-priced treat.

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From 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine will be aged in 60% new oak. Black raspberry, cocoa and earthy aromas open to a fresh, black cherry and chocolate, round textured, sweet wine. 90-92 Pts

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2010 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Earthy, licorice, jammy berries and fresh figs open to a plush, silky, fresh, fennel and blackberry filled wine with a lot of freshness at the moment. Give it a few years of bottle age for things to come together and settle down. This could be the best vintage of Clos de l'Oratoire produced yet!

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Licorice, stone, floral, earth and fresh blackberry scents work well with the round textures and the long, fresh, fennel and plummy liqueur finish. 91-93Pts

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Clos de l’Oratoire. From low yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare and a biodynamic approach, the property produced a wine from a blend of 95% Merlot and Cabernet Franc that will be aged in 75% new oak. Vanilla, fennel, black cherry, fresh herbs, lush textures, silky tannins, sweet licorice covered jammy berries and chocolate. 92-94 Pts

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2009 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Deep in color, the perfume is filled with licorice, coffee, blackberry, blueberries and smoke. Round and supple in texture, the wine finishes with sweet, jammy black cherries.

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2009 Clos L’Oratorie is a blend of 90% merlot, 5% cabernet franc, and 5% cabernet sauvignon. Owner Stephan Neipperg works the vineyards with a biodynamic approach. No herbicides, pesticides, or insecticides allowed. Yields were only 28 hls per ha, in part because of the May hailstorm. Smoke, licorice, coffee, and blackberry scents are coupled with supple textures in the mouth. The wine finishes with dark cherries and blackberry jam. 90-92

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2008 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

08 Château Clos L’Oratorie. The crop was severely damaged by the hail storms early in 2008. Since close to 80% of the vines suffered damage, little wine will be produced in 2009. The 08 Clos L’Oratorie starts off with plum, ripe cherry, and earthy notes. Ripe, soft, and elegant in the mouth, the wine finishes with overtones of licorice tinged black fruits. 91-93 Pts

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2006 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

With a licorice, black cherry jam, earth, espresso bean, plum and spicy personality, this lush, round, sweet, soft wine is starting to open and will only get better with a few more years of bottle age.

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2005 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Still dark in color, with a fragrant nose filled with licorice, black and blue fruit, chocolate, earth and mocha, this blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc delivers a suave, sexy, lush sensation on the palate. Give it another 2-4 years before it truly begins to blossom.

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2004 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Truffle, wet earth, plum and licorice are joined by a soft, silky, licorice and black cherry finish.

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2003 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Fully mature, the wine had retained its soft, round, plush character, while adding truffle, flowers, tobacco, earth and leafy notes to the juicy red fruits and licorice. There is no reason to age this any longer. If you have a bottle, check it out, before it fades away.

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2001 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Drinking great today, with its cherry, black raspberry, fennel, earth and tobacco personality, medium/full body, soft, textures and spicy, plum and cherry finish, this is close to fully mature. While there is no hurry to drink this charming wine, it's probably not going to get much better.

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2000 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

This is probably at its apogee, with all its soft, round fruits, floral notes, earth and tobacco that shine through. Medium/full bodied, 20 minutes of air added everything you needed here.

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Drinking great today, this is a wine for truffle lovers, especially if they also want loads of ripe, juicy, black plums, wet earth and cherry liqueur, all wrapped up in supple tannins and lush textures.

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Fully mature, round, soft and focused on more red fruits than black, with an earthy, smoky accent, this blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon is probably at absolute peak. There is no reason to hold this wine any longer.

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Black licorice, espresso, blackberry, jam, kirsch, truffle and spice aromas open up this supple St. Emilion wine. On the palate, the St. Emilion wine feels round, soft and supple, ending in layers of spicy black cherries and licorice. At 11, this blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking well. In a few more years, it's going to be even better.

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1998 Clos de l'Oratoire  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Ripe, licorice accented black fruit aromatics. Good concentration. But the wine seems simple compared to its peers from the same vintage. While obviously well made, at 10 years of age it has not developed enough complexities to keep me involved in the glass, wanting another sip. While good, it lacks excitement.

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