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Clos Fourtet Bordeaux Blend Wine 2009

External Review by JJ Buckley Fine Wines:

Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. There is a touch of reduction on the nose on the Clos Fourtet

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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

External Reviews for Clos Fourtet Bordeaux Blend Wine

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. There is a touch of reduction on the nose on the Clos Fourtet


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Lots of wet earth and minerals on the nose with hints of sliced meat. Dark fruits galore. Full bodied with a beautiful velvety texture and a juicy and delicious finish. Try after 2017. 94+ James Suckling.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

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.




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