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Clos Fourtet 2009
This is a perennial superstar thanks to the efforts of proprietor Philippe Cuvelier and the estates manager, Tony Ballu. This beautifully situated, nearly 48-acre vineyard, high on the clay and deep limestone plateau just adjacent to the town walls of St.-Emilion, was harvested between September 28 and October 13, with yields of 34 hectoliters per hectare. The natural alcohol turned out to be 14%.<br/><br/><br/><br/>A magical wine, it may have a hard time eclipsing the 2005, but it is another prodigious effort in its own right. The dense purple color offers up notes of white chocolate, blueberry, blackberry, crushed rock, and white flowers. Textured, full-bodied, enormously pure, and voluptuously textured, it is nearly too easy to drink because of the exquisite balance and seamless integration of all its component parts. This is a killer Clos Fourtet that should drink well young yet evolve for 20+ years.<br/><br/>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - April 2010)<br/><br/><br/>Very dark purple. Meaty, interesting nose with hints of treacle and liquorice. Thick and sweet at the start and then some real texture kicks in but it doesn't seem overdone - just ambitious. The alcohol is, just, kept in check. If purple had a taste, this would be it. Quite racy and sinewy. Though you need to wait quite a while for this one... Sweet and juicy and round. Lots of body and fat here. Long. Pretty impressive. Very suave. Lots of glamour.<br/><br/>(Jancis Robinson MW - jancisrobinson.com - April 2010)<br/><br/><br/>Offers blueberry, currant, mineral and violet. Full-bodied, with big, juicy tannins and loads of fruit. Very concentrated and velvety, with a lovely texture.<br/><br/>(James Suckling - Wine Spectator - Apr 2010)<br/><br/><br/>Round, caressing. Lovely volume of succulent fruit. Shows the ripeness of the year. Polished and refined.<br/><br/>(Steven Spurrier - Decanter - April 2010)<br/><br/>
External Reviews for Clos Fourtet
After tasting it three times from bottle, I am convinced this prodigious wine is one of the greatest young Bordeaux I have ever tasted. Inky blue/purple with notes of camphor, forest floor, blackberry, cassis, sweet cherries, licorice, the wine has stunning aromatics, unctuous texture and an almost inky concentration, but without any hard edges. With considerable tannin and just enough acidity to provide definition, this wine transcends even its premier grand cru classe terroir. It is certainly the finest Clos Fourtet ever produced. Give it 5andndash;7 years of cellaring to allow some of its baby fat to fall away. There is certainly enough structure underneath to keep for 30andndash;50 years. Bravo!
Rather ripe, but nicely framed by singed apple wood, which keeps the core of damson plum, black currant and black cherry flavors at bay for now. Licorice root and black tea notes undercut the finish, which is on the grippy side. This opens steadily in the glass, too. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2027.
This is a perennial superstar thanks to the efforts of proprietor Philippe Cuvelier and the estate's manager, Tony Ballu. This beautifully-situated, nearly 48-acre vineyard, high on the clay and deep limestone plateau just adjacent to the town walls ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Clos Fourtet 750ml
Very sweet and luscious. A little treacly. Sweet and polished and opulent. Open and beguiling. There is enough lift and refreshment on the finish, which is still a bit dry. 18.5/20 Jancis Robinson. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Clos Fourtet 750ml