Château Clos Fourtet

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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 Read more »

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  • Grenache

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Greetings all,I have just returned from Shanghai, where I was invited to be a judge at the Shanghai International Wine Challenge. Actually, I was called in for a judge who could not make it... But it was a thrilling experience, which you can read about on my website, with plenty of pics.In the meantime, I have had time to reflect on my time that... Read More

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  • Clos Fourtet 2008


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    Wine review by drsint

  • Clos Fourtet St Emilion Premier Bordeaux Futures 2009


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  • Chateau Clos Fourtet 2000


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  • A dynamic group of new generation owners of Chateaux des Grands Crus Classes de ... de ... Mathieu Cuvelier of Chateau Clos Fourtet (Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe); Laurence Brun of Chateau Dassault (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe); and Jean- Antoine Nony of Chateau Grand Mayne (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe). More information and ti... Read More

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  • The trend over the past decade or so in Bordeaux (and around the globe) has been towards bigger, darker, fruitier wines. There have been many means to this end: Better clonal selection in the vineyards, lower yields, improved viticultural practices, cold soaking of fruit before fermentation, and mechanical intervention.Much of this work allows o... Read More

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  • Clos Fourtet Saint Émilion 2007


    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) Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Clos Fourtet Saint Émilion 2006


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

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Clos Fourtet Premiere Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 1989


    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, wit... Read More

    Wine review by Nicki

  • Clos Fourtet Saint Émilion Premier Grand Cru 1988


    Very interesting taste, melt in your mouth, a distinct flavour that will stay with you throughout the night Read More

    Wine review by katiesquirk

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