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CLOS FOURTET

2016 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Grapes Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification 1er Grand Cru Classé
ABV 14%

90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. Tasted at the property. Rich cool concentrated slightly smokey nose, dense with flavour, black fruit and coal tannins, then the mineral undertow from the limestone plateau. Tightly framed finish, very long with good acidity. Very Saint Emilion, very well done. At the UGC it showed an almost more attractive saline middle, staying nicely fresh. Drinking range: 2028 - 2045 Rating: 93-94 L&S (Apr 2017)

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The 2016 Clos Fourtet is a blend of 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc aged in 60% new oak. It has a generous, well defined licorice-tinged fruit that is very focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, blackberry and boysenberry fruit with that salted licorice theme continuing. This Clos Fourtet has impressive concentration, yet there is real elegance and persistence, fanning out wonderfully towards the finish. Mathieu Cuvelier has overseen another outstanding Clos Fourtet. Tasted twice, with a second bottle demonstrating a tad more backbone but equally admirable. Drinking range: 2023 - 2055 Rating: 95-97 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2017)

Very sweet nose. Something a little dead about this sample. Not enough freshness. Smooth tannins but just a bit of lack of life on the mid palate. Obviously ambitious. I'd love to taste another sample. A saliva-sucker. Drinking range: 2023 - 2037 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2017)

Gorgeous from the get-go, with plum sauce, cassis and violet notes streaming through, showing ample richness yet relying more on cut, while anise, black tea and chalky mineral flavors persist on the finish. A beauty in the making. Rating: 96-99 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2017)

This is a solid and structured 2016 with fabulous density and freshness. Full-bodied yet vibrant and exciting. Wow. We will see. Rating: 95-96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2017)

This showcases why Clos Fourtet is such a confident, powerful wine. It gets the balance right between the sappy, saline quality of its limestone terroir and yet reflects the ripeness and flashiness of Merlot that makes St-Émilion such a well loved appellation. Excellent, serious quality, cerebral but sexy. Drinking range: 2027 - 2050 Rating: 96 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2017)

Vivid, creamy, ample and explosive in all of its dimensions, the 2016 Clos Fourtet maintains striking aromatic freshness and tension despite its intensity. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The final blend is 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. The 2016 spent about four weeks on the skins. New oak is around 60 percent. This is a superb showing from an estate that has been on a roll. Tasted three times. Rating: 93-96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2017)

The sample here was from a new barrel, whereas the finished wine will only have 50% new oak, so this is woodier than it will be in bottle. No matter, as it’s a wonderfully polished wine, with lovely freshness, poise and structure, restrained alcohol, chalky minerality and very fine tannins. Drinking range: 2024 - 2036 Rating: 96 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2017)

Clos Fourtet

Guarding the westerly approaches to St Emilion village was a fort that became a château – Campfourtet renaming itself Fourtet sometime in the 19th Century. The 19.2 hectares are split between two main blocks, 14 hectares immediately around the buildings, and a further 5 about 400 metres away. Often spoken of as among the better estates in St Emilion, it has only really lived up its potential greatness in recent years under the tenure of the Cuvelier family, who purchased Clos Fourtet in 2001. These Cuveliers are not related to the Léoville Poyferré Cuveliers, and came from outside the world of wine - Philippe was running the Guilbert / Niceday office supplies company. His son Mathieu helps to run the properties. The Cuveliers own Château Poujeaux, in Moulis-en-Médoc, and subsequently bought Clos Fourtet’s neighbour Château Grandes Murailles, although they have resisted the temptation to merge the two together. The vineyards are 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and only 5% Cabernet Franc, with an average age of 30 years. There is a tendency toward organic/biodynamic viticulture, although full conversion is still some way off.

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