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Clos de L’Oratoire

Located in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region in the Rhône Valley, Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes is named in honor of the small 18th century oratory (oratoire in French) that overlooks its original 49.5-acre vineyard plot. In 1880, Edouard Amouroux became the owner of this parcel, which was planted to Syrah, and contained the small oratory that had been dedicated to St. Mark. By the 1920s the Amouroux family was already bottling their own Châteauneuf- du-Pape wine from this vineyard parcel naming their vineyard Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes. As a tribute to its rich history, the wine’s distinctive label design has remained unchanged since its original design in 1926.

The Estate has prided itself on respecting time-honored winemaking traditions while, at the same time, incorporating modern techniques to ensure the highest quality wines possible are made each year. In 2006, Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes converted to organic farming and uses a horse-drawn plow to till the vineyard’s soils. After the grapes are hand- harvested, they are transported to the winery in small baskets only to undergo a vigorous selection process with a double sorting table. Depending on the vintage, the grapes are then partially (or wholly) destemmed and can be co-fermented with different varieties in order to produce a complex and pedigreed wine.

Today, the estate comprises a total of 100 acres showcasing the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region’s four great soil types: galets roulés (rounded stones over sandy clay), safres (sandy soils), éclats calcaires (limestone-based clays) and red sandstone. The iconic estate produces three distinctive wines – a red and white Châteauneuf-du-Pape and a limited release cuvée, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Choregies, produced only in exceptional years.

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BLANC

The colour is a beautiful golden yellow with glints of green. Nose : The nose expresses the specificity of this wine, with aromas of white fruit (apple, pear), orange blossom, aniseed and lemon and woody undertones. Palate : The palate has much presence, is very fruity, with finesse, breadth and sweetness, but retaining a good balance of freshness.

ROUGE

The robe is frank with blue-toned colours. Nose : The nose unveils burlat cherry and fig aromas with spices such as nutmeg, with cocoa and morello cherry eau de vie notes. Palate : The palate carries silky tannins. A freshness in the mouth, combined with complex red fruits, gentle spices and smoky notes.

ROUGE LES CHORÉGIES

The robe is intense burlat cherry with delicate ruby flashes.

Nose : The nose offers a selection of subtle notes (ripe red and vanilla fruit, followed by black pepper and fresh rosewood).

Palate : The attack is full of candour, bringing out the tannins and freshness. Fruit aromas complete a long finish.