2014 Clos de L'Oratoire, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
The 2014 Clos de l'Oratoire possesses lovely inner sweetness, but it is also a bit compact today. Mocha, plums, black cherries, lavender, rose petals and a hint of smoke open up in a broad-shouldered yet stern St.-Emilion. It will be interesting to see if the 2014 finds a bit more generosity with time in barrel. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. (AG)
Supple, with crushed plum and blackberry fruit, carried by a velvety structure. Offers a lingering cocoa edge, but this is driven by a pure beam of fruit. (Web only-2015)
This has lots of minerality to it with a cool and fresh fruit character. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a silky finish. 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Clos de l'Oratoire 2014 is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked from 3 to 10 October and vatted for 30 days, matured in 50% new wood. It has a slightly pinched nose at first, nicely defined but actually finding it hard to follow the exuberant d'Aiguilhe '14. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, plush redcurrant and strawberry fruit with a strong oak influence towards the finish. Not bad at all, although I find the d'Aiguilhe more captivating at this early juncture. (NM)