Château Clos Fourtet, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2012

  Château Clos Fourtet

Château Clos Fourtet, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion

Quite easily the wine of the St Emilion UGC for us. A really towering, smart wine from this high flying estate. Produced from 84% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon it possesses a bouquet of brooding liquid minerals, plum liqueur and bright cassis fruit. It is sumptuous, sleek and very graceful. Kudos to Clos Fourtet, they have got the tone of the vintage just right. There is ample depth, weight and plenty of complexity, but this has wonderful poise and is never heavy or lazy. This is another fine effort which finishes on long flavours of fresh raisins and finely shaved Valrhona chocolate. A beauty!

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Clos Fourtet

A recent addition to the 100 point club (the 2009); Clos Fourtet is situated on the limestone Cote to the west of the town of St Emilion. There are 19 hectares of vines and plantings are unsurprisingly dominated by Merlot (85%). The new wine-maker, Daniel Alard is ably assisted by consultant oenologist, Stephane Derenoncourt. The team are certainly enhancing the reputation of this estate and it now ranks amongst the most consistent and highest performing in the appellation.

Appellation: St Emilion

St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc

Three of the classic Bordeaux varieties. A relatively rare blend for the right bank, where Cabernet Sauvignon plays a greater role than Cabernet Franc (Figeac being one of the few examples), while on the left bank this is most likely to crop up in the communes with cooler, damper soils such as St Estèphe.