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.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019|
The 2016 Clos de l’Oratoire did not show well out of barrel but finally appears more knitted together. It has one of the most discreet aromatic profiles of the flight, featuring dark berry fruit with perfumed incense and iris, all very focused and harmonious. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins. This feels bold and structured yet retains balance and delineation. It deserves a much higher score. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2022 - 2035
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, vinous.com, August 2020|
The 2016 Clos de l’Oratoire comes from a particularly cool microclimate. Aged in 45% new oak for 14 months, it has a very sweet, ripe bouquet of black cherries, crème de cassis, vanilla and crushed violet. This is almost too sweet! The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, and it feels a little too muscular and structured toward the finish, when I am seeking more finesse. A Saint-Émilion determined to make an impression, but perhaps trying too hard. Drink 2022-2035
|Score: 88||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Clos de l'Oratoire is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 10-17 October and matured in 45% new oak. It has a fresh, perfumed and floral bouquet, with pressed rose petals infusing the red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit. There is a sense of airiness here that I like. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, slightly grainy tannin, hints of tobacco and leather complementing the black fruit with a welcome soupçon of austerity towards the masculine finish. Excellent.
Drink Date 2021 - 2040
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
Lovely silky tannins and juicy fruit. Medium body and pretty energy. Lots of walnut, crushed-stone and subtle fruit flavors. Very fine.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2017|
The 2016 Clos de l'Oratoire is terrific. Deep, dense and powerful, with more finesse in its tannins than is often the case, the 2016 boasts superb balance. Black cherry, smoke, tar, licorice and incense add to its rich, exotic personality. Plush and unusually supple, this is a real knockout. The tannins are there, but they are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. The 2016 is shaping up to be a superb Clos de l'Oratoire. Tasted three times.
|Score: 91/94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
This is produced by the same team as Canon La Gaffeliere but the vineyard is not quite as well placed and has a higher percentage of Merlot. 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. Elevage in 40% new oak. Deep, deep colour here. Overripe black fruits, tar, and liquorice on the dense nose. The palate is sweet with kirsch and cassis, smoky with incense and tar and very chewy to give a drying finish with abundant tannin. A modern style.
|Score: 14+||Farr Vintners, February 2017|
From the team at Canon-la-Gaffelière, the 2016 Clos de L'Oratoire is a winner based on 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc raised in 45% new French oak. It’s a ripe yet structured Saint-Emilion that has terrific minerality in its black raspberry and cassis fruits as well as notes of chocolate, tobacco, and subtle oak. A terrific wine, it needs 4-5 years of bottle age to shine, but is capable of keeping for 15-20 years. 2023 - 2043.
|Score: 93||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019|
The nose is quite tight the start of the palate firm fresh black fruits. Sweet fruit in the middle the tannins feel ripe fresher at the back lighter a slight lack of generosity with hints of oak on the finish.
|Score: 87/89||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
Stephan von Neipperg uses a combination of young Cabernet Franc and old Merlot vines to produce this organic blend. It’s a serious, punchy, compact wine with grippy tannins, an overly of oak and a refreshing mineral undertone. Needs time. 2026-35
|Score: 91||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|