The Clos Fourtet will be named Premier Grand Cru Classé from the creation of the Saint-Emilion classification in 1955. It still retains this distinction to this day, testifying to the merit of its place among the elite.
The Clos Fourtet reigns over a vineyard of 18.5 hectares of vines, established on a clay-limestone plateau and whose grape varieties are 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. The wines are aged for 15 to 18 months in French oak barrels, 60% of which are new.
The property produces a Second wine, Closerie de Fourtet.
The Clos Fourtet delivers wines of exquisite complexity and inimitable freshness thanks to its great terroir. Offering delicate tannins, they deserve to wait a few years to gain refinement.
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Clos Fourtet is a little closed to begin, opening out to reveal notes of baked black cherries, blueberry preserves and dried mulberries plus hints of cast-iron pan, fertile loam and cigar box with a waft of sandalwood. Full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid frame of firm, grainy tannins and compelling freshness supporting the muscular fruit, finishing long and mineral laced. Very impressive!
[98 points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown – Mar 2020 -robertparker.com]