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Clos de l'Oratoire

Grand Cru Classé / AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Château Canon La Gaffelière

Presentation

Clos de l’Oratoire, located on Saint-Emilion's northeast slope, has 13 hectares of vines. The terroir of Fronsac molasse, consisting of a layer of sandy soil and a clay subsoil, is ideally suited to Merlot (80% of the vines).

Meticulous work is done all year long to maintain quality in the vineyard.
Fermentation takes place exclusively in temperature-controlled oak vats. Oak, a noble material in perfect synergy with fine wine, enhances its colour and flavour, and enables it to reach its full potential.

Every vat is handled according to its specific profile. Fermentation temperatures are kept relatively low and pigeage (punching down the cap) is done very slowly.

 

 

Bouteille

The wine

Clos de l’Oratoire is round, smooth, and very seductive. It has a beautiful deep crimson colour and powerful fruity aromas. Merlot provides roundness and opulence, whereas Cabernet Franc contributes power, aromatic complexity, and a long aftertaste. Although Clos de l’Oratoire can be enjoyed seven years after the vintage, it is, above all, a wine with fine ageing potential.

The vineyard

  • Terroir: clay-limestone with Fronsac molasse on top of the slope and clay-sand soil at the foot of the slope.
  • Area under vine: 13,07 ha (32,12 acres)
  • Grape varieties: 80 % Merlot, 20 % Cabernet Franc.
  • Average age of the vines: 35 years

Production

  • Harvesting: By hand, into small crates to avoid bruising. Sorting before and after destemming. No crushing. The grapes arrive on a conveyor belt.
  • Fermentation: In temperature-controlled wooden vats for 22 to 30  days depending on the vintage. Extraction by pneumatic "pigeage" (punching down the cap).
  • Malolactic fermentation and ageing: In new oak barrels (up to 80%) on fine lees. Fining and filtering as necessary, depending on the vintage.
  • Duration of barrel ageing: 18 months.
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Vintages

Bouteille millésime 2015

2015

Harvest dates
25/09 to 30/09/2015
Yield
45 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (40%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2017 (06/06 to 07/06)
Blending
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14,5%

Bouteille millésime 2014

2014

Harvest dates
03/10 to 10/10/2014
Yield
40 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (50%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2016 (29/06 to 30/06)
Blending
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14%

Bouteille millésime 2013

2013

Harvest dates
06/10 to 10/10/2013
Yield
17 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 20 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (55%) on the lees for 15 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in April 2015 (16/04 to 17/04)
Blending
95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 2012

2012

Harvest dates
11/10 to 22/10/2012
Yield
25 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (60%) on the lees for 15 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in March 2014 (26/03 to 27/03)
Blending
90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 2011

2011

Harvest dates
26/09 to 29/09/2011
Yield
42 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 26 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (60%) on the lees for 14 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2013 (15/05 to 17/05)
Blending
90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 2010

2010

Harvest dates
The entire crop was picked on 2 days: 14/10 and 15/10/2010
Yield
30 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 28 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (75%) on the lees for 15 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in April 2012
Blending
95% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14.5%

Bouteille millésime 2009

2009

Harvest dates
07/10 to 12/10/2009
Yield
20 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (70%) on the lees for 15 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in April 2011
Blending
90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14%

Bouteille millésime 2008

2008

Harvest dates
08/10 to 23/10/2008
Yield
29 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (70%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2010
Blending
95% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 2007

2007

Harvest dates
09/10 to 17/10/2007
Yield
35 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 28 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (80%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2009
Blending
90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13%

Bouteille millésime 2006

2006

Harvest dates
22/09 to 01/10/2006
Yield
38 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 28 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (70%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2008
Blending
95% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 2005

2005

Harvest dates
28/09 to 10/10/2005
Yield
35 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (80%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in Mai 2007
Blending
90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14%

Bouteille millésime 2004

2004

Harvest dates
05/10 to 16/10/2004
Yield
42 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 28 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (80%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2006
Blending
90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 2003

2003

Harvest dates
15/09 to 25/09/2003
Yield
27 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 23 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (80%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2005
Blending
80% Merlot 15% Cabernet Franc 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 2002

2002

Harvest dates
28/09 to 06/10/2002
Yield
27 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 22 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (80%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2004
Blending
95% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 2001

2001

Harvest dates
04/10 to 12/10/2001
Yield
33 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 25 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (70%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2003
Blending
90% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 2000

2000

Harvest dates
26/09 to 10/10/2000
Yield
39 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 26 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (90%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2002
Blending
85% Merlot 15% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 1999

1999

Harvest dates
01/10 to 07/10/1999
Yield
29 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 24 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (70%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2001
Blending
95% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 1998

1998

Harvest dates
29/09 to 08/10/1998
Yield
39 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 25 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (80%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2000
Blending
85% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 1997

1997

Harvest dates
26/09 to 06/10/1997
Yield
38 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 28 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (100%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 1999
Blending
95% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13%

Bouteille millésime 1996

1996

Harvest dates
08/10 to 15/10/1996
Yield
41 hl/ha
Winemaking
in stainless steel vats for 28 days. Extraction by pumping-over
Ageing
in new oak barrels (60%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 1998
Blending
80% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13%