Since the 2003 vintage, Chateau Clos Fourtet deserves to be considered one of the top Right Bank Bordeaux wine estates. Matthieu Cuvelier has put together a strong team consisting of his estate manager, Tony Ballu, who owns Pierre de Lune and Stephane Derenoncourt. Located across the street from the picturesque village of St. Emilion, the well managed Bordeaux chateau hit two home runs in a row with their 2009 and 2010 wines. Due to better sensations of freshness, I have a preference for the 2010. But both vintages merit tasting.
2010 Clos Fourtet – Packed with minerality, licorice, flowers, jammy blackberry, dark cherry, kirsch, smoke, vanilla bean and coffee scents, the wine is thick, luxurious, rich, powerful and concentrated. On the palate, the wine offers the unique combination of mouth filling and freshness ending with a boatload of sweet black licorice coated blackberries, plums and jam. The finish remains in your mouth for over 40 seconds. This St. Emilion wine has improved since last tasted in April. 96-97 Pts
2009 Chateau Clos Fourtet – Aromas of crushed stone, licorice, black raspberry and coffee bean are easy to find. This St. Emilion wine is deep, concentrated and powerful with layers of sweet, opulently textured jammy berries and black licorice. 96 Pts