Clos de l'Oratoire

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Clos de l'Oratoire is a Bordeaux wine from the appellation Saint-Émilion, ranked Grand cru classé in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine. The winery is located in the Right Bank of France’s Bordeaux wine region in the commune of Saint-Émilion, in the department Gironde.

History[edit]

The estate dates back to the mid-19th century, created by the Beylot family, a firm of Libourne négociants.[1] Since its origin, this vineyard has been run in close conjunction with its larger neighbour, Peyraud which came to be Château Peyrau.[1][2] Identified as having the best parcels, Clos de l'Oratoire was separated from Peyrau, and by the 1969 reclassification of Saint-Émilion, Clos de l'Oratoire was ranked Grand Cru Classé.[1][2]

In 1972 shares were bought in the estates by Joseph-Hubert, Graf von Neipperg, and in 1991 passed control to his son Comte Stephan von Neipperg who bought the remaining 30% from the other investors.[3] Von Neipperg's other properties include Château Canon-la-Gaffelière and the "super-cuvée" La Mondotte.[2] The oenologist Stéphane Derenoncourt is retained as consultant.

Production[edit]

The vineyard area extends 10.3 hectares with the grape varieties of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Of the Grand vin Clos de l'Oratoire there is a typically an annual production of 4,000 cases.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Peppercorn, David (2003). Bordeaux. London: Mitchell Beazley. p. 452. ISBN 1-84000-927-6.
  2. ^ a b c d Kissack, Chris, thewinedoctor.com. "Clos de l'Oratoire".
  3. ^ Schoenfeld, Bruce, Wine Spectator (February 22, 2006). "Armed With Charm". Archived from the original on April 18, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2008.

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