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Clos Fourtet Impériale 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Plummy on the nose with notes of cocoa, currant, and tomato adding complexity, some bitter dandelion stem and an almost foxy edge to the jelly like fruit sets this apart – very soft in the mouth, good fruit lacks some focus, broad but without a center, short finish, (83-84)

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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

Editorial Reviews for Clos Fourtet Impériale

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2010

Plummy on the nose with notes of cocoa, currant, and tomato adding complexity, some bitter dandelion stem and an almost foxy edge to the jelly like fruit sets this apart – very soft in the mouth, good fruit lacks some focus, broad but without a center, short finish, (83-84)


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Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 01/27/2009

Smoke, animal and black cherry nose. Kirsch, smooth, elegant, but a bit light. Spice and tannin finish. Very young.


Snooth User: Matthieu
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 09/13/2007

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Nicki
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4.50 5
Vintage: 1989 06/17/2008

Tasted June 2008: The first successful vintage after decades of often mediocre wines from this well-situated estate in Saint-Emilion, this Clos Fourtet 1989 is a hugely attractive wine, unquestionably of premier grand cru classé quality. Ripe garnet colour with an intense core, a classic, very shapely and noble bouquet, perfumed and nuanced, with beguiling finesse. In the mouth almost Medoc-like: rich, extremely refined, elegant, with a lovely texture and perfect weight, nuances of ripe plums and lovely integrated oak. A dry, slightly austere, lingering aftertaste. A perfect wine to drink with fine food. Drink now.


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Vintage: 2009 05/18/2010

1 x 6000ML Impériale


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Vintage: 2009 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


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Vintage: 2007 01/16/2009

88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. 27 year old vines planted in thin clay and deep limestone plateau. Hand harvested between Oct 3 and 12. 75% new oak. Black and ruby core with a bright pink rim. Bold herbal aromas over blackberry ... Mike Supple. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2007 Clos Fourtet 750ml


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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2007 11/12/2013

Schwarz-Rubinrot. Aromen von schwarzen Beeren, Rosen, Veilchen und Bitterschokolade. Im Mund reife, eingekochte Brombeere, Schwarzkirsche und schwarze Johannisbeere, ein wenig Teer. Das Holz passt gut zur massiven Frucht.


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Vintage: 2006 03/08/2010

A blend of 80% Merlot and the rest equally split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this wine has a dense purple color and a beautifully sweet nose of blackberry and blueberry fruits intermixed with acacia flowers, charcoal, and some subt... Robert Parker. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2006 Clos Fourtet 6000ml


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Vintage: 2006 01/16/2009

Clos Fourtet has produced a succession of brilliant wines since 2003. While the 2006 may not equal the prodigious 2005, it possesses a dark ruby/purple hue as well as sweet notes of creme de cassis, s... Robert Parker. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2006 Clos Fourtet 6000ml


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Vintage: 2006 10/15/2009

Moderately dense mulberry red with a purple rim, Clos Fourtet '06 has a nose that is closed yet ultraclean and fresh. The taste is lovely, with pure red fruits, fresh and alive. The wine finishes with a very firm tannic grip. Tasted from barrel April '07. By early '09, Clos Fourtet boasts a stunning, expressive nose with nuances of red fruits and smoky, perfectly integrated oak. On the palate, it offers noteworthy harmony and balance, with fine-grained tannins adding definition. This is an excellent and classic St. Emilion. Robert Parker 91.


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