2017, Wine Futures, Clos de L'Oratoire
Deep ruby, it has a dark wine core with a tight purple-hue rim. 2017 Clos de L'Oratoire is intense with ripeness, sweet vanilla oak and a sappy, smoky finish. Mid-palate is strong and mellows with its firm tannic structure and acidities. Medium finish.
Owner uses Stéphane Derenoncourt as the consultant who has set an array of means such as malolactic fermentation in the barrel, malolactic fermentation, and barrel ageing on the lees with bâtonnage (stirring of the lees). Tasting Team has cultivated in through these years a particular kind of likings for the unique stylistics of owner Stephan von Neipperg’s other Saint-Emilion properties including Canon-La-Gaffelière Clos de l’Oratoire and La Mondotte, and Château d’Aiguilhe in the Côtes de Castillon.