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Clos Fourtet 2004

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"Clos Fourtet’s 2004 is a worthy successor to their brilliant 2003, a breakthrough vintage for this estate... offers a dark purple color as well as a gloriously sweet nose of raspberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and smoke. This seamless, medium to full-bodied effort exhibits more texture and intensity than many of its peers. There is even a degree of fatness, a characteristic not generally found in this vintage...90" WA 5/05.

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Château Clos Fourtet:
The vineyards are located just outside the town of St Emilion, to the west, and just to the north of those of Chateau Canon; of the 20 hectare estate, 19 hectares are devoted to vines. They begin on the limestone plateau on which the town is situated, running away towards the first valleys which mark the descent down to the plain, to the west, where the soils are much less favourable. The Clos ... Read more
The vineyards are located just outside the town of St Emilion, to the west, and just to the north of those of Chateau Canon; of the 20 hectare estate, 19 hectares are devoted to vines. They begin on the limestone plateau on which the town is situated, running away towards the first valleys which mark the descent down to the plain, to the west, where the soils are much less favourable. The Clos Fourtet vines average 30 years of age, and undergo leaf thinning in June and August, and later a green harvest in order to maximise quality and reduce yields. Between the rows there is grass in order to increase competition for water in the superficial soil layers, thus forcing the vine roots deeper, and improving their capability to cope with hydric stress. Merlot dominates, at 85% of the vineyard, with Cabernet Sauvignon accounting for 10% and Cabernet Franc just 5%, all planted at a density of 6000 vines/ha. The fruit is harvested by hand into small crates to minimise damage, before fermentation on a plot-by-plot basis in temperature-controlled stainless steel equipment. The must is then macerated for thirty days before racking into barrels, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation, resting here for up to eighteen months, in 80-100% new oak, the balance (if not 100%) being second-year barrels. The grand vin that results, bottled unfiltered and lightly fined, is Clos Fourtet (about 5000 cases per annum), and since 1999 there has been a second wine Closerie de Fourtet (typically 2500 cases per annum). Read less

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/06/2009

Subtle aromas of forest fruit, meat and flowers follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a delicate berry, chocolate and earth aftertaste. Well done for the vintage. Best after 2009. 4,580 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2004 Clos Fourtet 750ml



"Clos Fourtet’s 2004 is a worthy successor to their brilliant 2003, a breakthrough vintage for this estate... offers a dark purple color as well as a gloriously sweet nose of raspberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and smoke. This seamless, medium to full-bodied effort exhibits more texture and intensity than many of its peers. There is even a degree of fatness, a characteristic not generally found in this vintage...90" WA 5/05.

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