2016 Clos Fourtet St. Émilion Grand Cru Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note
This has started emerging from its youth and already offers a luscious expression of black, and red fruits, licorice, salt, and flowers. The wine is rich, deep, concentrated, long, and silky, with a finish that easily hits the 50-second mark. Drink from-2023-2050.
2,562 Views Tasted Sep 19, 2023
Deep in color, the wine is lush, fresh, polished and deep. There is a sweetness to the smoky, dark red berries that pairs nicely with its natural freshness. The perfume offers espresso, flowers, licorice, and dark red fruits. But the real joy comes from the palate, due to the silky textures and juicy freshness in the fruit. Give this at least a decade and enjoy it over the following 20-25 years.
6,489 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
This stunner keeps getting better and better. The wine has gained in richness and intensity. The ripe, sweet, luscious plums, licorice, smoke and dark chocolate notes are singing. Concentrated, silky and opulent, this should age for decades.
4,719 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Smoky with licorice, violets, lilacs, cigar wrapper and dark fruits, this wine is silky and structured, precise and polished, concentrated and fresh. The finish has all this great juice that moves from black to red fruits, to spice and then sweetness and back again. The wine was produced from a blend of 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14% ABV with a pH of 3.35. The harvest took place October 4 to October 20.
5,061 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
When to Drink Clos Fourtet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Clos Fourtet is much better with at least 10-15 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Clos Fourtet offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 12-35 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Clos Fourtet with Wine and Food Pairings
Clos Fourtet is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Clos Fourtet is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Clos Fourtet is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.