Chateau Clos de l'Oratoire 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)

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Jeb Dunnuck
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James Suckling
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Neal Martin
  • Organic
SKU
CDOS201810 UCAU
$100.80 Per item
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750ml (Bottle)
$100.80 Per item
4+ Month Dispatch
The team of Stephan von Neipperg knocked it out of the park in 2018, producing a brilliant lineup of wines. The 2018 Clos De L'Oratoire checks in as 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc that was brought up in 45% new French oak. As with most of the new releases here, it has a crunchy, vibrant style in its blue fruits, scorched earth, violets, cedarwood, and dried flower-like aromas and flavors. Beautifully balanced, pure, elegant, and seamless, this incredibly classy Saint-Emilion is going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age (if not longer) and evolve for 30 years in cold cellars. It's certainly in the running for the finest vintage I've tasted. - Jeb Dunnuck
The team of Stephan von Neipperg knocked it out of the park in 2018, producing a brilliant lineup of wines. The 2018 Clos De L'Oratoire checks in as 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc that was brought up in 45% new French oak. As with most of the new releases here, it has a crunchy, vibrant style in its blue fruits, scorched earth, violets, cedarwood, and dried flower-like aromas and flavors. Beautifully balanced, pure, elegant, and seamless, this incredibly classy Saint-Emilion is going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age (if not longer) and evolve for 30 years in cold cellars. It's certainly in the running for the finest vintage I've tasted. - Jeb Dunnuck

Scores & Reviews

95 / 100

Jeb Dunnuck

The team of Stephan von Neipperg knocked it out of the park in 2018, producing a brilliant lineup of wines. The 2018 Clos De L'Oratoire checks in as 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc that was brought up in 45% new French oak. As with most of the new releases here, it has a crunchy, vibrant style in its blue fruits, scorched earth, violets, cedarwood, and dried flower-like aromas and flavors. Beautifully balanced, pure, elegant, and seamless, this incredibly classy Saint-Emilion is going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age (if not longer) and evolve for 30 years in cold cellars. It's certainly in the running for the finest vintage I've tasted.

94 / 100

James Suckling

Aromas of fresh blackberries, dried leaves, bitter chocolate, lemon zest and walnuts. Some wet earth, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins. Tight, focused layers. Rather juicy wine. Better from 2025.

91 / 100

Neal Martin

The 2018 Clos de l'Oratoire was picked from 21 September until 4 October at 36hL / ha and matured in 45% new oak. It has quite a high-toned bouquet with blueberry and cassis fruit, opulent and perhaps requiring a bit of taming during the remainder of its breeding. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, smooth in texture with plenty of supple black cherry and boysenberry fruit laced with truffle and tobacco towards the finish. I suspect there will be improvement within a couple of years.