2018 Clos Fourtet (St-Emilion)

87% Merlot/10% Cabernet Sauvignon/3% Cabernet Franc. Powerful, a lot of heft here. Generous fruit, with big, dry tannins, a heavy mid-palate and a enough acid to lift the finish. The unusual (for St-Emilion) presence of Cabernet Sauvignon really makes itself felt. (NT 23/04/19)
Producer
Clos Fourtet
Origin
St-Emilion, Right bank, Bordeaux FRANCE
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Merlot
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
young
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
6
Wine Score
97 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
16 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
95-97 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
94-97 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
95-97 points, Chris Kissack,
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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

Easily as good as the 2015 at this estate, the 2018 may even prove to be better after some ageing. There is depth and concentration to the berry fruits, but also a fine quality to the tannins and a softness overall that suggests nothing was pushed, that all of this power is simply what was naturally given by the vintage. It`s very good quality, true to the confidence of the estate, pulsating with rich raspberry and damson notes and playing between a seductive gourmet edge and maintaining its limestone freshness. I have enjoyed a number of older vintages of this wine recently, and I feel pretty sure that this will grow into one of those wines that you are so happy to open after a few decades of ageing. 33hl/ha yield. 60% new oak. Drink 2027 - 2043. 97 points

Julia Harding

90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc; 60% new oak. Black with almost no rim. Very ripe, sun-baked but not raisined black fruit. A touch spirity on the nose. Creamy, deep but some freshness here, though the whole is not yet meshed. Chewy on the finish. Big but should even out in the bottle. 16 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Clos Fourtet is a little youthfully mute to begin. With coaxing, it opens out to notes of crushed blackberries, warm black plums and wild blueberries plus suggestions of forest floor, lavender, baking spices and potpourri. Full-bodied, the palate has an amazing texture of soft, plush tannins and oodles of freshness supporting the layer upon layer of berries and spices, finishing long and fragrant. Total time in barrel should run 16 months in 60% new and 40% one-year old barriques. The blend is 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Franc. 95-97 points

Antonio Galloni

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 har mony 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. 94-97 points

Chris Kissack

In this vintage this is a blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. The yield is 33 hl/ha, the alcohol 14%. It starts with a dark and primary nose filled with the scents of crushed red plum and smoked blackberry fruits, with an elegant touch of elderflower blossom. It suggests purity and confidence, which comes through on the palate, where it shows a fine textural restraint. There is a core of perfumed black cherry, blackcurrant and damson fruits, sitting within a nicely judged, refined and quite gentle texture. It is all wrapped up in a sinewy substance, very textured, with a long and tightly grained finish. This has lovely potential. The élevage will be in 60% new oak and 40% second-fill oak. From my Bordeaux 2018 primeurs assessment. 95-97 points

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