2015 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1251757 95 points James Suckling

 Aromas of bark, blackberries, currants and basil leaf, not to mention lavender and sage. Full body, integrated tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Layered and beautiful.  (2/2018)

95 points Vinous

 The 2015 Clos de l'Oratoire is absolutely fabulous. All of the elements meld together in a rich, sumptuous wine endowed with serious depth and intensity. Time in the glass seems to bring out a good bit of aromatic nuance. The 2015 shut down quickly both times I tasted it, which is probably a good sign for the future. For now, readers will have to be patient. Tasted two times. (AG)  (2/2018)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 I loved the 2015 Clos De L'Oratoire and this beautiful Saint-Emilion comes from the northwest sector of the appellation and a mix of limestone and sandy soils. Made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc aged in 40% new oak, it has an incredible floral streak as well as perfumed notes of spring flowers, black raspberries, charcoal, and a salty minerality that shows more on the palate. With full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannin, background chocolaty oak, and a terrific elegance, this beautiful 2015 is already impossible to resist yet I suspect will last for two decades or more. It’s impressive. 94+  (11/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Crushed plum, cassis and melted red licorice notes are seamlessly intertwined here, with bright chalky minerality and a lovely floral lift throughout. Richly layered and youthfully compact but with excellent cut and drive through the finish. Best from 2023 through 2035. (JM)  (3/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Clos de l'Oratoire has an extremely pure and sensual bouquet: dark cherries, blueberry, a touch of violet all beautifully defined and enmeshed with the 40% new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, impressive weight in the mouth counterbalanced by a fine thread of acidity. This is a very assured and accomplished Saint-Émilion, often overshadowed by its stablemate Canon-la-Gaffelière. But do not ignore this gem. (NM)  (2/2018)


 Ripe and aromatic with a smooth texture and fine tannins. Little more length than usual thanks to the vintage and 10% Cabernet Franc. Delicious. (JL)  (4/2016)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion