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Clos Fourtet Bordeaux Blend Wine 2012

External Review by JJ Buckley Fine Wines:

The 2012 Clos Fourtet was cropped at 32 hectoliters per hectare and achieved 14% natural alcohol. 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. Drink this killer St.-Emilion over the next 15+ years. One cant say enough about proprietor Cuveliers 50-acre vineyard that has witnessed a profound transformation of quality over the last decade or more. Moreover Cuvelier recently purchased three neighboring estates that are consistently reviewed positively in this publication Les Grandes Murailles Clos St.-Martin and Cote Baleau. These were previously owned by Sophie Fourcade. Interestingly since these three properties are adjacent or close to Clos Fourtet I would not be surprised if over the next decade they become incorporated into Clos Fourtet. Another great success for Cuvelier and his estate manager Tony Ballu. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.

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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
11/14/2013

The 2012 Clos Fourtet was cropped at 32 hectoliters per hectare and achieved 14% natural alcohol. 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. Drink this killer St.-Emilion over the next 15+ years. One cant say enough about proprietor Cuveliers 50-acre vineyard that has witnessed a profound transformation of quality over the last decade or more. Moreover Cuvelier recently purchased three neighboring estates that are consistently reviewed positively in this publication Les Grandes Murailles Clos St.-Martin and Cote Baleau. These were previously owned by Sophie Fourcade. Interestingly since these three properties are adjacent or close to Clos Fourtet I would not be surprised if over the next decade they become incorporated into Clos Fourtet. Another great success for Cuvelier and his estate manager Tony Ballu. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

Beautifully polished with rounded enticing blueberry raspberry and black cherry fruit that all glides through the spice-tinged finish. Suave and very long with the structure already embedded. -J.M. Wine Spectator.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

With a clay and limestone terroir the vineyards are located close to the center of the St. Emilion village abutting Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot. From an assemblage of 87% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Franc the wine reached 14.5 alcohol. Intense aromas of jammy dark berries black licorice minerality and plum liqueur lead the way to a sexy opulent and multi-layered Bordeaux wine with waves of sweet rich juicy fruit. The long finish ends with a mouthful of rich licorice coated dark berries and cassis. Jeff Leve.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

A beautiful wine with everything in the bottle. Blackberries minerals and blueberries. Full and silky. Long long finish. James Suckling.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

With a clay and limestone terroir the vineyards are located close to the center of the St. Emilion village abutting Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot. From an assemblage of 87% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Franc the wine reached 14.5 alcohol. Intense aromas of jammy dark berries black licorice minerality and plum liqueur lead the way to a sexy opulent and multi-layered Bordeaux wine with waves of sweet rich juicy fruit. The long finish ends with a mouthful of rich licorice coated d


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2009 06/20/2014

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


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