Clos de l’Oratoire, 2016 Update

This is the penultimate Bordeaux Quartet report, and once again I return to St Emilion to look at another of the properties owned and run by Stephan von Neipperg, namely Clos de l’Oratoire. And once again I provide further evidence of my inability to count because, as was also the case with my preceding report on the latest releases from Château Le Crock, there are only three wines in this ‘quartet’. Why? Because, in both cases, only three wines were poured. I state this just to dispel any thoughts that I might have omitted some wines, perhaps because I didn’t like them. I wouldn’t do that, because I have never been one to shy away from criticising a wine I didn’t like. Is that not the role of a critic?

Clos de l'Oratoire

So here goes with three vintages from Clos de l’Oratoire, the lesser of the three famous von Neipperg St Emilion estates (he does own a fourth, Château Peyreau, but these wines have never been poured for me).

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