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2005 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion

SKU #1054750 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From the Comte von Neipperg, his wines from this over-achieving estate always deliver an aromatic fireworks display of cedar wood, Christmas fruitcake, roasted herbs, black olive, cassis and sweet kirsch. The 2005 has all that as well as ripe, well-integrated, velvety tannin, and full body in a sexy, luscious, heady style to drink now and over the next 10-15 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is exotic, with mushroom, blackberry and meat aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of decadent fruit character. Long and beautiful. The best from this estate since 1990. (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2008)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good deep red. Truffley aromas of raspberry, mocha and earth. Rich, roasted red fruit and woodsmoke flavors sexed up by sweet caramel. Fleshy, round and sweet but with serious stuffing too. I find this very easy to taste today, but Stephan von Neipperg notes that it has the tannic structure of the '98 made here. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2008)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Looks fully mature with a deep ruby core. Interesting fully evolved bouquet. Top note of molasses. Really rather luscious, with masses of interesting savoury fruit and an undertow of dissolving tannins. Tastes like a terroir-informed rather than overly ‘made’ wine. Freshness on the finish. Inner quote mark (2/2017)

K&L Notes

90+ points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted single blind at Southwold. This has a sweet ripe plumy nose, blueberry and cassis – a touch of Barossa. Nice lift. Very ripe black fruits, quite spicy, quite sharp and disjointed with a slightly grippy, tarry finish with a certain finesse. It actually improved in the glass by the time I returned ten minutes later. Drink 2010-2025." (07/2009)

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