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Clos Fourtet 2008

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The harvest ran from October 9-20, and the 2008 Clos Fourtet tips the scales at13% natural alcohol. A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5%Cabernet Franc, it exhibits an inky/purple color along with notes of pen ink,blackberry liqueur, and espresso roast, sensationally concentrated layers ofpure black fruits, a full-bodied, powerful style, crisp acids, dense fruit, andripe tannins. This brilliant 2008 may merit an even higher score afteradditional time in wood. It will evolve for 20-25 years. The resurrection ofClos Fourtet over the last 7-8 years is attributable to the vision anddedication of proprietor Cuvelier, along with his manager, Tony Balu (owner ofthe tiny garagiste estate called Pierre de Lune), and the incomparableconsultant, Stephane Derenoncourt. (Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr 09)

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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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01/29/2011

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/16/2011

Big, ripe and rich, with smoky bacon flavors as well as sweet tannins. The wine feels generous, the tannins cushioned. R.V. Wine Enthusiast. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Clos Fourtet 750ml


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Juicy, with a tasty mix of dark plum, crushed fig and blackberry fruit, followed by licorice, black tea and maduro tobacco. The long finish lets it all hang together nicely. Drink now through 2015.


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Source: Millesima USA LLC
06/30/2010

Saint-Emilion's limes t o n e p l a t e a u produces some of the appellation' s mo s t illustrious wines, and Clos Four t e t has an enviable location there. The 20 hectares of vines are situated around a stately manor house built just before the French Revolution. This is on the very outskirts of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion. The château's underground cellars are perfect for ageing wine. Clos Fourtet owes its fame to the Rulleau and Carles families. The latter were lords of Figeac.They were the first to grow vines on this barely arable land, which nevertheless has outstanding natural drainage. Clos Fourtet's old vines, perfectly-balanced grape varieties, traditional winemaking methods backed up by the most modern techniques, and ageing in new oak barrels in underground cellars complement all the goodness that nature has bestowed


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The harvest ran from October 9-20, and the 2008 Clos Fourtet tips the scales at 13% natural alcohol. A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc, it exhibits an inky/purple color along with notes of pen ink, blackberry liqueu... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Clos Fourtet 750ml


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Big, ripe and rich, with smoky bacon flavors as well as sweet tannins. The wine feels generous, the tannins cushioned.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Deep purple. Fruit-driven aromas of ripe raspberry and blackberry, complicated by milk chocolate and a hint of leather. Fresh and fruity, with hints of licorice and cayenne pepper mingling with the red fruit flavors. Not especially concentrated but finishes floral and persistent. This property employs two of the keenest minds of the Right Bank as consultants, Stephane Derenoncourt and Jean-Claude Berrouet, and thus one canandrsquo;t help but expect greatness to come.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The harvest ran from October 9-20, and the 2008 Clos Fourtet tips the scales at 13% natural alcohol. A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc, it exhibits an inky-purple color along with notes of pen ink, blackberry liqueur, and espresso roast, sensationally concentrated layers of pure black fruits, a full-bodied, powerful style, crisp acids, dense fruit, and ripe tannins. This brilliant 2008 may merit an even higher score after additional time in wood. It will evolve for 20andndash;25 years.


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The harvest ran from October 9-20, and the 2008 Clos Fourtet tips the scales at13% natural alcohol. A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5%Cabernet Franc, it exhibits an inky/purple color along with notes of pen ink,blackberry liqueur, and espresso roast, sensationally concentrated layers ofpure black fruits, a full-bodied, powerful style, crisp acids, dense fruit, andripe tannins. This brilliant 2008 may merit an even higher score afteradditional time in wood. It will evolve for 20-25 years. The resurrection ofClos Fourtet over the last 7-8 years is attributable to the vision anddedication of proprietor Cuvelier, along with his manager, Tony Balu (owner ofthe tiny garagiste estate called Pierre de Lune), and the incomparableconsultant, Stephane Derenoncourt. (Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr 09)

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