Clos de l'Oratoire, St Emilion Grand Cru, 2005

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Clos de l'Oratoire, St Emilion Grand Cru

Pronounced on the nose of fresh, crushed blackcurrant and blueberries; there is a deliciously chewy sweetness and concentration to the fruit on the palate and a pure, clean finish with very rounded tannins.

Contains Sulphites.

About Clos de L'Oratoire

Working with Stephane Derenoncourt, Graf von Neipperg has exploited this well-placed vineyard to the maximum, producing intensely dark and powerful wines with real class.

Appellation: St Emilion

St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.