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Clos Fourtet 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

"The final blend was 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. It offers an opaque dense purple color along with attractive blackberry, licorice, truffle and cassis fruit notes. It is full-bodied and dense with an authoritative mid-palate, sweet tannin and a layered mouthfeel that builds incrementally into a stunningly long finish. Precocious and charming already, it will drink better at an earlier age than the massive, prodigious 2009...93-95" WA 4/13 "Barrel sample. Powerful and concentrated, this is a firmly textured wine with a dark, solid, dense character. The palate balances fine acidity and fruit with a dark, brooding structure...93-95" WE 04/13 "This is a wine with layers of fruit and firm yet polished tannins. Full body, juicy and rich. It shows outstanding depth for the vintage...92-93" JamesSuckling.com 04/13

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

Editorial Reviews for Clos Fourtet

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065216,967
4.50 5
05/05/2014

Tight but showing nuanced plum, olive, floral and herbal aromas. Rather smooth, polished and powerful in the mouth but with terrific depth to the fruit and limestone minerality on the palate. This really has masses of fruit that are fresh and crisp wrapping up in a tight finish that is plush with soft tannins, turning a bit creamy and very seductive on the long finish. 94pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065216,967
4.70 5
05/05/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: drsint
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/29/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: Matthieu
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 09/13/2007

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Belcarnen
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2001 02/20/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Clos Fourtet

External Review
Vintage: 2011 01/03/2013

A finely balanced wine-its immense tannins are mitigated by the fruit and dark chocolate flavors. It finishes with a hint of smoky wood. - R.V. Wine Enthusiast. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Clos Fourtet 1500ml


External Review
Vintage: 2011 05/22/2012

The Clos Fourtet 2011 has a lush nose of Tiptree strawberry jam, redcurrant, a touch of vanilla and boysenberry. It is nicely defined and quite feminine. The palate is medium-bodied with good structure on the entry and a fine, firm backbone that sugg... Neal Martins Wine Journal. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Clos Fourtet 6000ml


External Review
Vintage: 2009 03/19/2013

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


External Review
Vintage: 2009 03/03/2012

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 i... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Clos Fourtet 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2009 10/04/2010

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


External Review
Vintage: 2009 09/24/2012

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/18/2010

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"The final blend was 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. It offers an opaque dense purple color along with attractive blackberry, licorice, truffle and cassis fruit notes. It is full-bodied and dense with an authoritative mid-palate, sweet tannin and a layered mouthfeel that builds incrementally into a stunningly long finish. Precocious and charming already, it will drink better at an earlier age than the massive, prodigious 2009...93-95" WA 4/13 "Barrel sample. Powerful and concentrated, this is a firmly textured wine with a dark, solid, dense character. The palate balances fine acidity and fruit with a dark, brooding structure...93-95" WE 04/13 "This is a wine with layers of fruit and firm yet polished tannins. Full body, juicy and rich. It shows outstanding depth for the vintage...92-93" JamesSuckling.com 04/13

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