2017 Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion


90% Merlot. 10% Cabernet Franc. 50% new oak. Muted on the nose and tight on the palate. Revealing very little at this stage. Medium bodied with crisp acidity. Stones and pebbles. A hint of red fruit and oak. Here they did suffer drastically from the spring frosts, which affected about 70% of the production this year. Therefore, this vintage contains a large proportion of second-generation crop, a bold decision perhaps, but this is attractive in its style. Rating: 89 L&S(Apr 2018)

In Bond

75cl bottles (wood case of 12)

* This is a pre-shipment/primeur offer. All orders are accepted under the TERMS of this offer which differ from the terms of the rest of the site.

The 2017 Clos de l’Oratoire was picked 26 September to 2 October at just 11hl/ha and matured in 50% new oak. It has a ripe dark cherry, boysenberry and cassis scented bouquet that does not deliver the precision of previous recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly dry tannin on the entry, moderate depth, however it is missing the usual joie-de-vivre that this Saint-Émilion can possess. It just misses cohesion and density on the finish. As such, I would drink this within the first five or six years. Tasted four times with consistent notes. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, 2018)

The 2017 Clos de l'Oratoire is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Note there is no Cabernet Sauvignon this year, as the low part of this vineyard was damaged by the spring frosts, affecting in total about 70% of the production this year. Therefore, this vintage contains a large proportion of second-generation crop. It has a nose of baked cherries, plum preserves and spice cake with wafts of black pepper and tapenade. The palate is medium-bodied and elegantly fruited with great freshness and well-played chewy tannins, finishing long and earthy. Rating: 90-92 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 2018)

The 2017 Clos de l'Oratoire is an incredibly elegant, medium-bodied, lively effort that has a sappy, tight, energetic profile. Strawberries, blueberries, flowers, and spicy notes as well as a distinct limestone-like minerality all emerge from the glass, and while it’s not a heavyweight, it’s pure, long, and balanced. Rating: 90-92 Jeb Dunnuck, 2018)

Juicy, with good energy to the mix of damson plum, cherry and raspberry fruit, flecked with mineral and savory notes. Shows crunchy acidity on the finish. Rating: 89-92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2018)

A juicy and minerally red with a medium to full body, firm tannins and a savory finish. Nicely crafted and integrated. Soft hand in winemaking. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, 2018)

The blend here is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, picked between September 26th and October 2nd. The yield was a tiny 11 hl/ha, reflecting the heavy frosting of the vintage. The maceration lasted 30 days, the élevage will be in oak using 50% new wood. The alcohol is 13.8%. A quite elegant and correctly composed nose, fresh with black cherry and black plum fruit, with vanilla flower and oak. The palate shows considerable restraint, with a delicately textured substance, in a lighter style than I expect here, slightly juicy, with a very firm bed of moderately grained tannins. A full, grippy, polished finish. This packs an oaky punch, but there is nice potential here. Rating: 89-91 Chris Kissack, 2018)

Located on Saint-Émilion's north-east slope, the Clos de l'Oratoire estate dates back to the mid-19th century to the Beylot family, Libourne based négociants. In the 1969 Saint-Émilion reclassification, Clos de l'Oratoire was ranked Grand Cru Classé. The 10.32 hectares of vines grow on clay-limestone and Fronsac molasse on the upper part of the slope, and clay-sand on the lower part of the slope, a terroir which is enitrely suited to the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grape blend. The average age of vines at Clos de l'Oratoire is 35 years, and grapes are all hand harvested into small crates to avoid bruising. Since 1991, the estate has been under the charge of Comte Stephan von Neipperg, who inherited part of the vineyard from his father Joseph-Hubert, Graf von Neipperg.

Please make sure that you have read the terms of this offer which are different from those on the main website. If you are unclear as to what is involved in primeur purchases please do call us, but see the 'practical notes' below.


Prices are per case as listed 'in bond London'.

Pre-Orders are a firm commitment from you to buy the wines you order on release, subject to the price being below the upper price of the estimated band on our website. You may also set your own upper price limit, lower or higher than ours. Pre-orders will be fulfilled subject to availability. Providing this firm commitment to us effectively gives you priority.

Wines listed on the website (after any pre-orders and allocations have been fulfilled) can be ordered in the usual way via the website order form or by email to or by telephone 020 7221 1982, always subject to stock remaining.


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Invoices are raised at the In Bond price, excluding any duty and VAT which will become payable at the prevailing rates on arrival of the wine if required duty paid.

Payment is required on sight of invoice, by cash, cheque, debit card or credit transfer. We reserve the right to charge 2% per month on invoices unpaid after 30 days.


  • Shipment to our bond (at LCB Creek Road) and insurance are included in the in bond price.
  • Delivery is free to Lea and Sandeman / Elephant storage accounts, both duty paid and in bond.
  • Other deliveries (In Bond and Duty Paid) are also free subject to a minimum order from the offer of £1000, orders below this total will be charged £16.50+ VAT when the wine invoices are issued. We will group deliveries and this is a charge for your entire purchases, not a per-case charge.
  • Delivery for 2017 Bordeaux primeurs will expected to be completed by October 2020, but we can make no guarantee as to specific delivery times, and some of the Sauternes may be later.

Practical notes - how it works

We start a sale in each customer's name and add all their primeur orders to one sale which is invoiced at the end of the campaign (or when the customer wishes). Immediate payment of invoices is then required. We and our customers find that having a single invoice for the vintage is the simpler option, but do please note that confirmed orders are still binding as above even if the final invoice has not been issued.

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Half-bottles, Magnums and larger bottles.

One of the additional advantages of buying en primeur is being able to order the wine in the bottle size you want. Even if a wine is only listed in one size, you can order any bottle or case size you want if the property supplies it, but you must order the case/bottle size you require and check that the correct size has been invoiced.

Additional charges are as follows:-

  • +£20 per case of 24 half-bottles
  • +£10 per case of 6 Magnums (2 bottles equivalent, 1.5 litres each)
  • +£35 per individually boxed Double Magnum (4 bottles equivalent, 3 litres)
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