2001 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A terrific sleeper value, Stephan von Neipperg’s 2001 Clos de l’Oratoire boasts a deep blue/purple color as well as a rich nose of melted licorice, espresso roast, black currants, minerals, smoke, and earth. This opulent, medium-bodied St.-Emilion exhibits abundant quantities of fruit and glycerin along with a fleshy, ripe, expansive finish with no hard edges. Some tannin lurks beneath the surface, but this is a beautiful wine to drink now and over the next 10-12 years.
Aromas of crushed fruit with chopped fresh herbs. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a slightly earthy finish. Best after 2007.
Super-extracted new school style.