2012 Clos de l'Oratoire Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WA 94
  • AG 93
  • NM 92
  • JS 92
  • WS 90
  • WE 90

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2015
One of the von Neipperg estates, the 2012 Clos de l'Oratoire is an undeniable success story. Dense ruby/purple, with plenty of crème de cassis, roasted coffee, licorice and spice, full-bodied, opulent and sexy, it is a... One of the von Neipperg estates, the 2012 Clos de l'Oratoire is an undeniable success story. Dense ruby/purple, with plenty of crème de cassis, roasted coffee, licorice and spice, full-bodied, opulent and sexy, it is a hedonist’s dream wine. Pure and long, it has a great finish and terrific palate presence. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. Yields were exceptionally small in 2012 – 25 hectoliters per hectare. - Robert Parker
AG 93
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, January 2016
A deep, dense wine, the 2012 Clos de l'Oratoire is going to need at least a few years to settle down. Today, distinctly stony, mineral notes dominate. With some coaxing, hints of dark red cherry, plum, mocha, wild flowers... A deep, dense wine, the 2012 Clos de l'Oratoire is going to need at least a few years to settle down. Today, distinctly stony, mineral notes dominate. With some coaxing, hints of dark red cherry, plum, mocha, wild flowers and smoke start to emerge, hinting at the wine's potential. The 2012 is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Proprietor Stephan von Neipperg gave the 2012 30 days on the skins and aged the wine in 60% new oak.
NM 92
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013
(NM90-92 points) The Clos de l’Oratoire was picked at 25hl/ha between 11th and 22nd October and is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Considering how late it was picked, it shows no signs of dilution or rot on... (NM90-92 points) The Clos de l’Oratoire was picked at 25hl/ha between 11th and 22nd October and is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Considering how late it was picked, it shows no signs of dilution or rot on the nose – suave and sensual with lush red fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte ripe tannins. It is well balanced with a keen line of acidity and a gently gripping, tannic finish. This is well crafted as always.
JS 92
jamessuckling.com, February 2015
Intense nose showing dark cherries, dried flowers and soft spices. Full body, ultra-fine tannins, fresh acidity and a long, spicy finish. Beautifully crafted. Drink now or in 2016.
WS 90
Wine Spectator, March 2015
This has a ripe, fleshy feel, offering a core of plum, fig and boysenberry fruit laced with licorice, carrying through the toasty yet integrated finish. Very solidly built for the vintage. Best from 2016 through 2020.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast, November 2015
This bottling from the large négociant Ogier features attractive aromas of black olives and ripe cherries. It's full bodied and creamy in texture, with flavors of mocha, olive and dark earth that finish warm and long... This bottling from the large négociant Ogier features attractive aromas of black olives and ripe cherries. It's full bodied and creamy in texture, with flavors of mocha, olive and dark earth that finish warm and long. Drink now–2020.
JJB 91
JJ Buckley, April 2018
An inviting and promising wine, the 2012 Clos de l’Oratoire leads off with ripe aromas of black fruit that are followed closely by turned earth and clove. A touch of of fresh flowers and herbs makes this particularly... An inviting and promising wine, the 2012 Clos de l’Oratoire leads off with ripe aromas of black fruit that are followed closely by turned earth and clove. A touch of of fresh flowers and herbs makes this particularly complex and attractive. The palate is medium to full bodied and displays flavors similar to what is found in the bouqut. Ample tannins slowly creep up as the wine heads into the final stretch. This will benefit from another 2-3 years in bottles and should be delightful over the following 15 years. Kudos to the Count!
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2012