Clos de l'Oratoire (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
Clos de l’Oratoire is round, smooth, and very seductive. It has a beautiful deep crimson color and powerful fruity aromas. Merlot provides roundness and opulence, whereas Cabernet Franc contributes power, aromatic complexity, and a long aftertaste. Although Clos de l’Oratoire can be enjoyed seven years after the vintage, it is, above all, a wine with fine ageing potential.
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A lively mix of loganberry and plum fruit forms the core, with enticing anise, black tea and spice accents filling in throughout. Exhibits a fleshy feel but maintains a racy edge for contrast. Best from 2022 through 2032.
Barrel Sample: 90-93
Fresh flowers and herbs with crushed berries and broken stones. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. A little lean. But it’s a pleasing wine. Drink after 2021.
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Clos de l'Oratoire offers up warm plums, fresh blackberries and blueberries with hints of cigar box, pencil lead and charcuterie. Medium-bodied, the palate has great density with loads of earthy accents and a firm, fine-grained framed, finishing with a compelling herbal lift.
Based on 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc brought up in 50% new French oak, the 2017 Clos De L'Oratoire offers beautiful notes of blackcurrants, chocolate, ground herbs, iron, and crushed rocks. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, has wonderful purity of fruit, fine tannins, and a great finish. This is a beautiful 2017 to enjoy over the coming 15 years or more
Established in the 12th century in Germany's northern Württemberg Valley, the von Neipperg earldom comprised some thirty villages and market towns, including Schwaigern, which remains the family seat to this day.
Ennobled during the Holy Roman Empire, the von Neipperg family served the imperial family of Austria starting in the 16th century, contributing officers and diplomats for many years. Two figures stand out: Count Eberhard-Friedrich von Neipperg and Count Adam-Adalbert von Neipperg.
The family has made wine in Germany since the 13th century, and viticulture has never stopped being a central part of their life. The custodian of some 800 years of winegrowing tradition, the talented Stephan von Neipperg manages the Bordeaux estates acquired by his family in 1971. Ably assisted by a team of professionals, he has brought the wines from these châteaux to the pinnacle of quality.
Residing in Saint-Emilion since 1983, Stephan von Neipperg and his wife, Sigweis, have devoted themselves tirelessly to perpetuating the family tradition at their various estates. The next generation is committed to this same goal... and shares a profound respect for the terroir.