A Saint-Émilion château owned and managed by the energetic and inspiring, Stephan von Neipperg. The estate was originally purchased in 1972 by his father, Joseph-Hubert, Graf von Neipperg. Its 10 hectares of vines grow on Fronsac molasses soil with sub-layers of sand and clay, a terroir that is ideal for Merlot (90%). They also grow smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Like other Neipperg estates, they practice sustainable viticulture with some biodynamic elements in order to preserve the innate quality of the grape. Opulent yet with an underlying structure, Clos de l'Oratoire usually requires several years of ageing following its release.