Clos Fourtet Impériale 2011
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)Add winemaker's notes
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Editorial Reviews for Clos Fourtet Impériale
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)
Smoke, animal and black cherry nose. Kirsch, smooth, elegant, but a bit light. Spice and tannin finish. Very young.
Three and a half glasses
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.
External Reviews for Clos Fourtet Impériale
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
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
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.
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
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
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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