Clos de l’Oratoire extends over 10.32 hectare (25 acre) of Saint-Emilion’s northeastern hillside. It has belonged to the von Neipperg family since 1972, although it wasn’t until 1992 that Stephan von Neipperg assumed control of the estate for good.
The story of this vineyard goes back to the time when a few plots of vines were separated from the main estate of Château Peyreau and classified in 1969, when the original classification was first revised.
This soil of Fronsac molasse, with its sandy substrate and clay subsoil, is ideal for growing merlot (90%), cabernet franc (5%) and cabernet sauvignon (5%) grapes.
Clos de l’Oratoire is a round, mellow and extremely appealing wine with powerful, fruit-filled aromas and it is a beautiful deep purple colour. The merlot gives it body and richness while the cabernet franc gives it strength, aromatic complexity and makes it long in the mouth. Above all, Clos de l’Oratoire is a wine for laying down, it may be although enjoyed after just seven years.