Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2003 & 2005 St-Emilion Tasting Lot, including 1-bottle of 2003 Bellevue, St-Emilion (93RP, 91WS) and 1-bottle of 2005 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion (94RP, 93WS, 91ST). Of the 2005 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion,Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes: "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. (RP)" (06/2015)
This lot contains the following items:
2003 Bellevue, St-Emilion (qty: 1)
2005 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion (qty: 1)
Lovely texture and purity of fruit. Dark fruit aromas with a hint of cassis. Round and full on attack. Lots of creamy, persistent fruit extract. Fine, ripe tannins. Long, fresh finish.
This 15+ acre estate, situated on a south/southwest-facing slope, has been making sensational wines since 2000, when the management of the vineyard and winemaking were taken over by Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt. The 40-year-old, bio-dynamically farmed vineyard is planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The 2003 possesses superb ripeness as well as a stony, mineral liqueur-like intensity, a reticent but promising perfume of black raspberries, sweet kirsch, and blacker fruits, a full-bodied, powerful, concentrated attack and mid-palate, and a blockbuster, long, powerful, moderately tannic finish. It is an infant in terms of development. No doubt this site’s clay and limestone soils were the perfect antidote for the summer’s torrid heat and drought. This superb effort should only be purchased by patient connoisseurs. (RP) 93+
Plenty of berry and cherry character with chocolate and vanilla. Medium-bodied, with soft and balanced tannins. Lovely balance. This is right next to Angélus and Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarosse. A small property with about 15 acres. (JS)
Tasted blind. Looks fully mature with a deep ruby core. Interesting fully evolved bouquet. Top note of molasses. Really rather luscious, with masses of interesting savoury fruit and an undertow of dissolving tannins. Tastes like a terroir-informed rather than overly ‘made’ wine. Freshness on the finish.
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. (RP)
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. (ST)
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. (JS)