2005 Chateau Clos de l'Oratoire

Year: 2005
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 90-92--Jeff Leve: 93
Red Wine


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"This is exotic, with mushroom, blackberry and meat aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of decadent fruit character. Long and beautiful. The best from this estate since 1990. Best after 2017." (WS)

"From the Comte von Neipperg, his wines from this over-achieving estate always deliver an aromatic fireworks display of cedar wood, Christmas fruitcake, roasted herbs, black olive, cassis and sweet kirsch. The 2005 has all that as well as ripe, well-integrated, velvety tannin, and full body in a sexy, luscious, heady style to drink now and over the next 10-15 years." (WA)

"($53-$75) Good deep red. Truffley aromas of raspberry, mocha and earth. Rich, roasted red fruit and woodsmoke flavors sexed up by sweet caramel. Fleshy, round and sweet but with serious stuffing too. I find this very easy to taste today, but Stephan von Neipperg notes that it has the tannic structure of the '98 made here." (VM)

"90-92 Barrel sample. Very ripe but dry and brooding, this shows potential greatness, but is even more of a baby than most en primeur samples. There are dark fruits, but it's all shrouded in mystery." (WE)

"Still dark in color, with a fragrant nose filled with licorice, black and blue fruit, chocolate, earth and mocha, this blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc delivers a suave, sexy, lush sensation on the palate. Give it another 2-4 years before it truly begins to blossom. 93 points - Tasted Dec 18, 2011" (JL)