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

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

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Château Clos Fourtet, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 1990

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Château Clos Fourtet, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 1990
ABV:
13%
98/100
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
Mathieu Cuvelier marks 20 years of the Cuvelier family at Clos Fourtet with this vintage, and it's a wonderful attestation to the potential of limestone plateau location for coping with a changing climate in Bordeaux. Visually arresting in its deep plum and violet colour, with a luscious texture, and plenty of subtle red roses and peony floral aromatics. Creamy black and blue fruits, and sublimely well measured tannic extraction, with crunchy salinity on the finish, oyster shell and salt-flecked chocolate notes. Super smooth finish. First year with the addition of Les Grandes Murailles vineyard. Stéphane Derenoncourt and Jean-Claude Berrouet consultants (working together since 2009). Not too interventionist, no cold soaks here, natural yeasts, with whole bunch ferments for the young vines. Harvest September 9 to 27. 3.54ph. 40% new oak, 58% second-fill barrels, 2% amphoras.
Date Reviewed:
05/2023
96-98/100
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2022 Clos Fourtet comes barreling out of the glass with profound notes of ripe, juicy black plums, boysenberry preserves, and Morello cherries, followed by suggestions of lilacs, clove oil, crushed rocks, and wood smoke. The full-bodied palate is rich and concentrated, with densely laden black and blue fruit layers offset by a zippy backbone and firm, rounded tannins, finishing with great persistence.
Date Reviewed:
05/2023
95-97/100
Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2022 Clos Fourtet was picked from 9 to 27 September at 36hL/ha and vinified to a maximum of 24-26° Celsius. It has a gorgeous bouquet you could lose yourself in, with crushed strawberry, orange blossom and bunches of violet. The 40% new oak is extremely well integrated. The palate is refined with filigree tannins, one of the most mineral-driven Clos Fourtets I recall at this stage, with a sophisticated and harmonious finish. The prudent approach to the new oak pays rich dividends here. Mathieu Cuvelier and his team have overseen a sublime Saint-Émilion.
Date Reviewed:
05/2023

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France
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Bordeaux
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Château Clos Fourtet

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.

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