2012 Clos de L'Oratoire, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
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.
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
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Sweet juicy red fruit. Lively and very fresh and crunchy. Fragrant and refined in aroma and structure. 60% new oak but not OTT. Tannins are super fine, giving a long finish where the fruit fragrance returns. Drink 2017-2025. 17/20 points.