Clos Fourtet 2018

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• Domaine: Clos Fourtet
• Appellation: Saint-Emilion
• Classification: Premier Grand Cru Classé B
• Origin: Right Bank, Bordeaux, France

Château Clos Fourtet is a Saint-Émilion Grand Crus Classé estate that bases its entire philosophy on using the least intervention possible to express the fullest intricacies of its terroir. Limestone is what dominates the rich soils of the sprawling grounds here, and it is an integral facet of the winemaking process.  If one is fortunate enough to visit the estate, they will notice a vast sprawling network of underground caves made of the very limestone that provides nutrients to the vines.  These caves are the perfect natural cellar, ageing the grand vin to perfection.  There is a distinctive mineral quality and subtle finesse that is a signature characteristic of this Right Bank region.  Without a doubt, Château Clos Fourtet produces classic and fresh expressions of Saint-Émilion, perfect for any oenophile looking for a true treasure of the region. 

Though this peaceful estate is a thriving winery now, that wasn’t always the case.  Château Clos Fourtet was initially a defensive fort named Camfourtet.  Vines only appeared at the estate in the mid to late 1600s. The property passed through the hands of some of the most influential families in the winemaking industry throughout the ages.  The Ginstets who owned Château Margaux,  and even the Lurton family who ran Château Cheval Blanc owned the estate.  Eventually the estate passed down to the Cuvellier family.  The Cuvellier family hired Stephan Derenoncourt and Jean Claude Berrouet to consult at the property.  Stephan Derenoncourt and Jean Claude Berrouet could not be more different.  Derenoncourt is self-taught and associated with Domaine de l’A.  Jean Claude Berrouet studied at the University of Bordeaux and was the winemaker at Château Pétrus.  One man operates based off instinct, and the other based off his extensive technical prowess.  What both share is a profound respect for the terroir here, which drives them to create beautiful wine.

Merlot is the star of the show at Château Clos Fourtet.  It thrives in the mixture of limestone and clay soils.  The vines are on the younger side here – around 30 years old.  In addition to Merlot, there are smaller percentages of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon planted at the property.  The winemaking team is willing to spare no expense to ensure they create the best wine possible.  At Château Clos Fourtet, they implement a mixture of biodynamic and organic viticultural techniques, allowing the vineyards to do the majority of the work.  The vines are harvested and then vinified in very special stainless steel tanks that are perfectly sized to match the plots from which they came from.  They are aged with just a kiss of new French oak to help the wine have a bit more structure and body.  The resulting wine is flawlessly integrated, mineral-laced and fresh.  Château Clos Fourtet is a rich and flamboyant wine, that does require a bit of time prior to being enjoyed.  One can expect the wine to unfold beautifully after 10-15 years of bottle ageing in good vintages and should decant younger vintages for 2-3 hours.
 

Tasting Notes 

"One of the wines of the vintage, the 2018 Clos Fourtet is positively stunning. In the glass, the 2018 sizzles with tension and energy. A whole range of floral, mineral and red berry notes develop, but it is the wine's exceptional sense of harmony that leaves the deepest impression. Consulting winemakers Stéphane Derenoncourt and Jean-Claude Berrouet turned out a glorious Clos Fourtet in 2018. Don't miss it. The blend is 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times." - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, (April, 2019), Ratings: 94-97

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Clos Fourtet (a blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Franc) opens with wonderfully pure, intense black fruit notes of ripe blackberries, crushed black cherries and warm plums, leading to suggestions of pencil lead, clove oil, black olives and aniseed. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of muscular black fruits, delivering compelling vivacity and tension, framed by velvety tannins and finishing epically long and perfumed. The intense, bright, energetic fruit on this 2018 has been impeccably preserved. Stunning!" - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (3/31/2021), Ratings: 97 Drink: 2025-2055

''Owned by Mathieu Cuvelier, located right on the central limestone plateau of the medieval village of St Emilion. Ruby red in colour, the rough slate texture hits you right off the bat, landing you straight in limestone territory. As it inches forward through the palate, you get juicy raspberry, concentrated cassis fruit pastille, spiced plum, grilled almonds and tobacco leaf, with curls of woodsmoke and flint. There is a generosity that is already apparent, and this is exceptionally good quality, but needs another few years in bottle. A yield of 33hl/ha. 60% new oak.'' Jane Anson, Best Pomerol 2020 Wines Tasted En Primeur (09/20/2021) Ratings: 97 Drink: 2027-2044

''Beautiful all the way, the deep purple hued 2018 Château Clos Fourtet comes from one of the prized terroirs on the upper limestone plateau, just outside the village of Saint-Emilion. The blend is 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon, brought up in 60% new French oak. Gorgeous minerality as well as cassis and ripe black cherry fruits emerge from this full-bodied 2018 that has lots of tobacco and spice-driven aromatics, again, an almost searing minerality, beautiful overall balance, and ripe, building tannins. It benefits from air if opening bottles anytime soon, and it’s going to benefit from 3-5 years of bottle age and cruise for two decades in cold cellars.'' Jeb Dunnuck, 2018 Bordeaux From The Bottle, (3/11/2021) Ratings: 97 Drink: 2024-2044


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Stock Status In Stock
Appellation Saint-Emilion
Vintage 2018
Brand Clos Fourtet
Shipping Weight 3.000000
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Saint-Émilion is one of the most prestigious wine appellations in the Bordeaux region of France, renowned for its exceptional red wines and rich viticultural history. Located on the Right Bank of the Dordogne River, Saint-Émilion is a place of great beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its remarkable blend of natural and cultural attributes. The Saint-Émilion appellation is characterized by a diverse terroir featuring a mix of limestone, clay, and sandy soils that provide the foundation for its distinctive wines. The unique microclimates and elevations within the appellation contribute to the variety of flavors and styles found in Saint-Émilion wines.

The primary grape varieties used in Saint-Émilion wines are Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot often dominating the blends. These grapes thrive in the region's favorable climate, moderated by the proximity of the Dordogne River and the buffering effects of the limestone plateau.

Saint-Émilion is famous for its unique wine classification system, which divides the vineyards into four tiers: Premier Grand Cru Classé A, Premier Grand Cru Classé B, Grand Cru Classé, and Grand Cru. This classification reflects the quality and prestige of the individual vineyards and châteaux within the appellation, with only a select few achieving the highest ranking of Premier Grand Cru Classé A. Until the re-classification in 2022, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Ausone, Château Angelus, and Château Pavie were the only four members of the Premier Grand Cru Classé A tier. Out of disagreement with the standard-setting governing body, Cheval Blanc and Ausone voluntarily dropped out. Angelus followed suit shortly after. With Pavie remaining the only member, Premier Grand Cru Classé A saw the addition of Château Figeac following a long-expected and well-deserved promotion.

Saint-Émilion wines are known for their finesse, complex aromas, and beautiful balance of fruit, tannins, and acidity. While they share some similarities with wines from the neighboring Pomerol appellation, they often have a slightly more structured and tannic character due to the higher proportion of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon in the blends. With age, these wines develop a velvety texture and reveal an array of flavors, including dark fruits, floral notes, and hints of earthiness.

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