Château Clos de l'Oratoire - Saint-Emilion

Château Clos de l'Oratoire is a 10.32 hectare vineyard in the Saint-Emilion appellation.

What are the specificities of Château Clos de l'Oratoire?

The Clos de l'Oratoire vineyard is relatively young as it has only been in operation since the 1800s.

The Château was once part of the vast Domaine de Peyreau. When this vineyard was divided into separate plots at the time of the first classification of Saint-Emilion, the Château Clos de l'Oratoire was created using the best terroirs of the former great vineyard.

In 1972, the Clos de l'Oratoire and Peyreau vineyards were bought by Joseph-Hubert von Neipperg, the father of the current owner, Stephan von Neipperg.

Stephan von Neipperg, who began working with Clos de l'Oratoire in 1991, also owns several other vineyards on the right bank, including Château Canon La Gaffeliere and La Mondotte as well as the Château Peyreau in Saint-Emilion and the Château d'Aiguilhe in Côtes-de-Castillon.

The wines of Clos de l'Oratoire de Saint-Emilion are composed of:

  • Merlot 90%
  • Cabernet Franc 5%
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 5%

On the slopes, we find clay, limestone and Fronsac molasse. On the lower slopes, the soils are clay and sand. The Clos de l'Oratoire is located on the north-eastern slope of Saint-Emilion, which gives it a slightly cooler soil, ideal for the Merlot-dominated vineyard. On average, the vines are 35 years old.

At Clos de l'Oratoire, as in all the Bordeaux estates of Neipperg, the practice of sustainable viticulture and a biodynamic approach to farming and vineyard management is the order of the day. They never use herbicides, pesticides or insecticides.

The Clos de l'Oratoire wine is a whole-berry wine fermented in temperature-controlled oak vats, with regular pneumatic punching of the cap and an average vatting time of 26 days. 60% of the Clos de l'Oratoire wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 14 to 18 months, depending on the vintage.

Best vintages of Clos de l'Oratoire: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2000, 1998 and 1990

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