Clos de l’Oratoire is located on Saint-Emilion’s north-east slope.The 10.32 hectares of vines grow on Fronsac molasse covering a layer of sand with a clay subsoil.
This terroir is ideally suited to the blend of Merlot (90%), Cabernet Franc (5%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%) grapes. Merlot contributes roundness and opulence to the wine, whereas Cabernet Franc is responsible for power, aromatic complexity, and length.
The estate dates back to the mid-19th century, created by the Beylot family, a firm of Libourne négociants. Since its origin, this vineyard has been run in close conjunction with its larger neighbour, Peyraud which came to be Château Peyrau. Identified as having the best parcels, Clos de l'Oratoire was separated from Peyrau, and by the 1969 reclassification of Saint-Émilion, Clos de l'Oratoire was ranked Grand Cru Classé