2012 Clos de L'Oratoire, St-Emilion

SKU #1221851 94 points 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. (RP)  (4/2015)

93 points Vinous

 A deep, dense wine, the 2012 Clos de l'Oratoire is going to need at least a few years to settle down. Today, distinctly stony, mineral notes dominate. With some coaxing, hints of dark red cherry, plum, mocha, wild flowers and smoke start to emerge, hinting at the wine's potential. The 2012 is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Proprietor Stephan von Neipperg gave the 2012 30 days on the skins and aged the wine in 60% new oak. (AG)  (1/2016)

92 points James Suckling

 Intense nose showing dark cherries, dried flowers and soft spices. Full body, ultra-fine tannins, fresh acidity and a long, spicy finish. Beautifully crafted.  (2/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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. (JM)  (3/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (4/2013)

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Saint Emilion