Clos Fourtet

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend

9.2312 ratings
9.270 pro ratings
St. Émilion, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.4

Monthly WTF guys blind tasting group. This month was our annual, and famed, Left Bank vs Right Bank theme. All wines served blind as usual. Started off with a Rosé and a champagne. Great night.

I really enjoyed this. Haven’t had any wines from this producer before. The aromatics covered the entire fruit spectrum (red, blue and black) alongside nutmeg and birch wood. Full bodied...fig, tar, baking spices on the palate. Delicious now. I called this ‘10 Right Bank.

Monthly WTF guys blind tasting group. This month was our annual, and famed, Left Bank vs Right Bank theme. All wines served blind as usual. Started off with a Rosé and a champagne. Great night.

I really enjoyed this. Haven’t had any wines from this producer before. The aromatics covered the entire fruit spectrum (red, blue and black) alongside nutmeg and birch wood. Full bodied...fig, tar, baking spices on the palate. Delicious now. I called this ‘10 Right Bank.

May 15th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

It’s good but off from the rest of the vintage. A little flat

It’s good but off from the rest of the vintage. A little flat

Jan 26th, 2019
Ken Z
9.5

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami.  All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken.  Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together.  Many will likely improve a few points with time.

More red fruit on this one, very elegant, but I dont necessarily understand the huge critical acclaim. A fantastic wine nonetheless.

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami.  All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken.  Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together.  Many will likely improve a few points with time.

More red fruit on this one, very elegant, but I dont necessarily understand the huge critical acclaim. A fantastic wine nonetheless.

Jan 23rd, 2019
Tobin Trevarthen

Young and developing. Hints of big bold blackberries and cassis, licorice.

Young and developing. Hints of big bold blackberries and cassis, licorice.

Mar 20th, 2018
Bill Bender

Very stoic and brooding wine. Dark and inky in the glass, creosote and black licorice. Well made but not ready for prime time.

Very stoic and brooding wine. Dark and inky in the glass, creosote and black licorice. Well made but not ready for prime time.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 18th, 2019
Kyle Groombridge

Mmm, this bottle brings me back to St. Emilion, one of the prettiest cities to walk around and take in the surroundings. Just outside the city wall sits Clos Fourtet where we spent a beautiful evening dining with the owners and winemakers of about 12 different Chateau on the right bank of Bordeaux. This bottle brought me back there.

After a 3 hr decant, the nose was beautifully perfumed with kirsch, red currant, black cherry, and a whif of smoke and charcoal. The palate is really fresh and lively, especially for being so young. The red currant and black cherry sing together harmoniously, with a perfectly balanced mouthfeel and just slight tannins. The sweet red fruit and touch of minerality continually lure you in for more. This has a long life ahead of it due to its beautiful balance, but it is a fine drink right now as well.

Mmm, this bottle brings me back to St. Emilion, one of the prettiest cities to walk around and take in the surroundings. Just outside the city wall sits Clos Fourtet where we spent a beautiful evening dining with the owners and winemakers of about 12 different Chateau on the right bank of Bordeaux. This bottle brought me back there.

After a 3 hr decant, the nose was beautifully perfumed with kirsch, red currant, black cherry, and a whif of smoke and charcoal. The palate is really fresh and lively, especially for being so young. The red currant and black cherry sing together harmoniously, with a perfectly balanced mouthfeel and just slight tannins. The sweet red fruit and touch of minerality continually lure you in for more. This has a long life ahead of it due to its beautiful balance, but it is a fine drink right now as well.

Jun 19th, 2017
Matt Duncan

Elegant tannins with bursting aromatics.

Elegant tannins with bursting aromatics.

Apr 10th, 2017
Kenneth Korsbæk

Mature wine, gotta love it!

Mature wine, gotta love it!

Mar 14th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Coravining this taste to see if it's appropriate for tomorrow nights Plate & Bottle dinner. This is why you want to own a Coravin! Hedy is a good friend and if she wanted to open her own restaurant, she'd likely earn at least one Michelin star and perhaps two. Deciding if this 03 Clos Fourtet is going to work with her rosemary filet mignon. I'm thinking this is going to work nicely with her entree. The 03 Clos Fourtet is in a very good spot right now. Perfect bottle evolution. The nose has dark cassis, wild berries with spice and soy sauce. The palate is elegant dark cherries, olallieberries, blueberries, touch of dried plum, dry florals, sage, parsley, loamy soils, crushed dry rocks, stones, leather, pine tar, dry underbrush, dark moist soil, spice-box, structure, length, tension and balance all in perfect harmony. The acidity rains on the palate and it's ripe to dry spiced plum finish lasts and lasts. Add notes with the steak tomorrow night. This wine comes from a warm vintage and it's style while Bordeaux leans a little more toward Napa. It's a beautiful wine. So, elegant and beautiful that it was truly better enjoyed on it pure merits.

Coravining this taste to see if it's appropriate for tomorrow nights Plate & Bottle dinner. This is why you want to own a Coravin! Hedy is a good friend and if she wanted to open her own restaurant, she'd likely earn at least one Michelin star and perhaps two. Deciding if this 03 Clos Fourtet is going to work with her rosemary filet mignon. I'm thinking this is going to work nicely with her entree. The 03 Clos Fourtet is in a very good spot right now. Perfect bottle evolution. The nose has dark cassis, wild berries with spice and soy sauce. The palate is elegant dark cherries, olallieberries, blueberries, touch of dried plum, dry florals, sage, parsley, loamy soils, crushed dry rocks, stones, leather, pine tar, dry underbrush, dark moist soil, spice-box, structure, length, tension and balance all in perfect harmony. The acidity rains on the palate and it's ripe to dry spiced plum finish lasts and lasts. Add notes with the steak tomorrow night. This wine comes from a warm vintage and it's style while Bordeaux leans a little more toward Napa. It's a beautiful wine. So, elegant and beautiful that it was truly better enjoyed on it pure merits.

Feb 25th, 2017
Alberto Cdm

3litri. Ortimo!!

3litri. Ortimo!!

Feb 11th, 2017