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Clos Fourtet

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2018 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

Inky in color, the wine is almost opaque. The fruits are ripe, dark and deep. There is a touch of fig, black cherry, dark chocolate, flowers and licorice. Full-bodied, concentrated, intense, dense and yet with ample lift keeping the wine energized on your palate. The finish hangs in there with multiple shadings of ready pit fruits, luscious textures and purity. The yields are quite small for 2018 at only 33 hectoliters per hectare. 96-98 Pts

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2017 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

For a magnificent opening there is a crushed rock nature, followed by a mixed bouquet of flowers, licorice and red berries. With a lovely dense color, this is grand and ornate yet bright and zippy, the fruit flows along perfectly from the attack to the finish. The wine was made from blending 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 14% alcohol.

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2016 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

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.

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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.

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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% alcohol with a pH of 3.35. The harvest took place October 4 to October 20.

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2015 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 98

Deep in color, the wine is all about the levelsof depth in the dark, cherry and plummy fruits. There is a lot of sweetness along with the balancing of acidity that gives everything life. The wine is full bodied, concentrated, supple, and sensuous. There is a purity in the fruits and a silkyness in the texture with a finish that sticks with you for close to 50 seconds.

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Inky in color, the wine has an incredible depth of flavor. Dark, black cherry fruits are all over the place. Add licorice, cocoa, truffle, smoke, boysenberry and crushed stone and get the picture, as far as the perfume goes. However, it is the richness, opulent and even decadent palate presence that steals the show. This is almost at the same level as the stellar 2005. And who knows, with a decade in the cellar, the 2015 could be the better wine!

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This estate is one fire, with one great vintage after another. The 2015 is really developing great. The lush, sexy textures are even more polished, the wine has gained in complexity and weight, this is quite strong.

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An arousing blend of silky, supple textures, opulent, sensuous fruits, rich, intense flavors, length and purity, this wine is like basking on the sands of St. Tropez with Scarlett Johansson by your side. Smoke, licorice and kirsch liqueur with a strong sense of minerality are all over the place! This dazzler delivers a finish that will roll over in your mind for days. Voluptuously textured, the wine is a blend of 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.70. The harvest took place from September 18 to October 12 and the wine is aging in 60% new, French oak barrels.

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2014 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Dark, red, ripe, plummy, sweet fruits, smoke, licorice, espresso bean and black cherry are right out in front. Lush and silky textured on the palate, the wine leaves with you sweet, black cherries, cocoa and a hint of truffle in the finish.

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Supple textures make it easy to enjoy the pure, fresh feeling of clean, ripe fruits and silky tannins. Red licorice and sweet, silky, fresh berries in the finish, this wine was made from a blend of 89% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. It reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.57 and will be aging in 60% new, French oak barrels for 15 months. 93-94 Pts

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2013 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Medium bodied, forward, early drinking style of Clos Fourtet with a soft polished, fresh, light cherry, thyme, floral and stony, earthy profile.

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Long, silky and lush with ripe fruit, licorice and minerality, the black cherry and fennel flavors carry through from start to finish. From 87% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 13.1% alcohol, with a pH of 3.48. From yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare, the Grand Vin represented 60% of the harvest. The wine is aging in 60% new oak. 91-93 Pts

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2012 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Licorice, truffle, cherry pipe tobacco and dark chocolate scents create the attention seeking perfume. Full bodied, rich and concentrated, the wine is lush, round and rich, with a long, sweet, fleshy, silky, fruit filled finish.

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Smoke, truffle black cherries and licorice scents catch your attention and the smooth, soft, silky, polished, sweet, ripe fruits on the palate keep you focused on what’s in your glass. The long, supple, chocolate coated, black cherry finish is a treat.

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With 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The wine will be aged in 60%, new French oak barrels for 18 months. Deep in color with floral, licorice, dark red berries and earth in the nose, the wine is rich, lush and deep with soft tannins. The wine ends with sweet licorice and chocolate-covered berries. To produce the wine in this difficult vintage, Chateau Clos Fourtet performed 3 green harvests during the growing season. 92-94 Pts

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2011 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

The wine is tight at the moment, with elements of minerality, plum and fennel that barely poke through. There is good concentration, but the soft, blackberry finished is marred by hints of dry tannins.

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Coffee, black cherry, minerality, black raspberry liqueur with rich, silky, opulent textures, deep color and a long sensuous mouth feel are found in the wine. From a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine will be aged in 60% new oak. Licorice, sweet blackberry, jam, truffle, chocolate, floral and black cherry aromas are found in the aromatics. Very rich for the vintage, the wine is packed with sweet, ripe, juicy and luscious dark berries. Balanced and supple, there is a lot to like about this wine. 94-96 Pts

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2010 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

Deep in color, the wine pops with black licorice, truffle, earth, dark berries, silky textures, velvety tannins and a long, polished, sexy finish that builds in intensity.

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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

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2010 Clos Fourtet With a clay and limestone terroir, the vineyards are located close to the center of the St. Emilion village abutting Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot. From an assemblage of 87% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.5 alcohol. Intense aromas of jammy dark berries, black licorice, minerality and plum liqueur lead the way to a sexy, opulent and multi-layered Bordeaux wine with waves of sweet, rich, juicy fruit. The long finish ends with a mouthful of rich, licorice coated dark berries and cassis. 95-96 Pts

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2009 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

Silky, pure, fresh, ripe, concentrated and loaded with opulently textured, ripe, deep fruits, this is delicious. Full bodied, lush and mouth filling, the wine serves up licorice, smoke, spice box, plums, cherries, earth and herbs with ease. This stunner is just starting to wake up, in a few more years, this is going to be even better!

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With additional years of aging, this has exploded. The wine has dramatically much more weight, density, softness of tannins and length. The wine is opulent, showy, sexy and feels like crushed velvet on your palate. Layers of perfectly ripe, dark red fruits, licorice, smoke, wet earth and black cherry coat your mouth and palate. The finish hangs in there for at least 50 seconds. With another 5-10 more years of bottle age, this will be screaming!

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Minerality, espresso beans, truffles, licorice and sweet, ripe boysenberry aromas combine with mouth filling, plush textures and silky tannins. Fresh, ripe and pure, this is a delicious St. Emilion wine

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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 licorice.

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2009 Clos Fourtet is dark ruby. Filled with jammy blackberry and licorice scents, this powerful, fleshy wine ends with a silky, black fruit finish. 94-96 Pts

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2008 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

The intense perfume is filled with minerality, black cherry, coca powder, espresso, licorice and truffles, The concentrated, powerful, full bodied, rich wine offers depth and length, ending in a polished blackberry and cherry filled finish.

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2008 Clos Fourtet starts with a complex licorice filled nose coupled with chocolate, black raspberry jam, and concentrated, ripe plums. Combining freshness and lush textures, this potent wine ends with a mouthful of spicy blackberries and anise. 94 Pts

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08 Château Clos Fourtet is deep ruby. Black fruit, flowers, licorice, coffee, and minerals in the nose. Full bodied with soft tannins, this ample wine shows a long, fresh finish marked with licorice and ripe blackberries. 92-95 Pts

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2007 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Fully mature, the wine is medium bodied, soft textured, open and offers its sweet, licorice covered, black cherry and earthy notes easily. This is not a long term ager, drink this while waiting for the 2005, 2009 or 2010 to come around.

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2006 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

Silky, full bodied, rich and concentrated, serving up a delicious array of sweet juicy plums, dark red fruits, spice, licorice and stone. The wine is now starting to come around. There is depth, richness, minerality and silky tannins that leave a great impression.

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Light for Clos Fourtet, this medium bodied St. Emilion produced from 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon offers licorice, blackberry, plum, coffee and earthy scents. The wine ends with a tannic, espresso bean, red and dark berry finish. Give it another 4-5 years to allow it to come together.

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2005 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

It's the razor blade of crushed limestone that runs down the middle of your palate that grabs your attention. From there, I headed back to the nose due to its floral, dark cocoa, red fruit, crushed rock, and licorice. Deep in color, from the looks of it, you could easily confuse this with the 2015. Concentrated, opulent, dense and elegant, the sexy, vibrant, red fruit and flower-filled finish tastes and feels great. Give this 2 hours in the decanter or wait 5 years and it is going to be a cellar treasure!

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Just a gorgeous wine. Layer after layer of licorice coated, black cherry, plum and truffle are all over the place, in the nose and on the palate. Silky, polished and lusciously textured, if you like young wines that are considering entering their drinking window before they reach the secondary stage, you can pop a cork. Else, wait about 5 years. Either way, this is a beauty

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Young, but it's impossible not to find the potential in the glass here. Dark in color, with powerful, but refined tannins. The wine is elegant, regal, full bodied and loaded with licorice, dark plums, cherries, earth and truffle. Another 5 years will add a lot to this wine.

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This is a knock out from the first sniff that gets even better after the first taste. The attention seeking nose packed with licorice, caramel, smoke, truffle and black cherry liqueur only starts the show. The opulent, sexy, hedonistic. decadent textures with all those ripe tannins and even riper, sweet fruits that coats your palate and lingers for ages seals the deal. Yes, this is still young and is only going to get better. But it so damn tasty now, I went back for another pour. If this is your style of wine, you should consider adding it to your cellar.

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Showing some lightness to the color, the wine serves up truffle, licorice, black plums, cherry liqueur and cigar box, with burning embers in the nose. The wine is youthful, fresh, mouth filling, long and rich. There is fruit, freshness and flavor galore. Still young, give this just a few more years and enjoy the fireworks.

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Intense aromas of licorice, jammy black fruit, truffle, spice, cocoa and earth, rich, succulent, plush, sexy, opulent textures, length, purity and palate presence. If you missed the 2009 Clos Fourtet and want a wine that is not that far off quality for less, this is the wine to buy!

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Still deep in color, sporting licorice, coffee bean, blackberry, black cherry, mineral and spicy aromatics, this powerful, full bodied, opulently styled, ripe, silky wine ends with a long, dark cherry liqueur, vanilla and licorice sensation. Lush and seductive, give this 3-5 years to come together.

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This is intense, complex and concentrated. Deep levels of fat, ripe, polished dark fruits. Massive, dense and sexy. Multiple layers of licorice tinged black fruit and plums are all over the place. This is a thrill a sip wine. This is a wine for pleasure seekers.

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Inky colored and packed with incredibly rich, ripe black fruit, licorice and minerals, this full bodied, intense, powerful wine fills your mouth with gobs of prefectly ripe berries, plums and spice.

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2004 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Truffle, cigar box, tobacco, licorice, plum and coffee bean create the complex aromatics. Soft, silky black cherries, licorice, spice and minerality in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.

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Medium/full bodied, round, supple, soft textured, with chocolate, red plums and blackberries. This is already starting to open and show well.

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2003 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

I tasted this wine twice in Bordeaux a few weeks ago, and now with a pristine bottle from my cellar. Each of the three bottles showed consistent results. This is not quite the overtly, sexed up, potent treat from its opulent youth. Fully mature, the wine is soft, silky, plush, ripe and packed with a melange of ripe and over ripe, plum and cherry notes ending with velvety, opulent textures. My only fear is this needs to be consumed sooner than later. I'd opt for drinking this over the next 5 to 10 years.

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Showing an advanced color, with cooked, jammy berries, forest floor, smoke and tobacco notes, this needs to be consumed sooner than later before the rest of the fruit fades away.

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Licorice, chocolate, black and blue fruit, cherries and stone scents, fat, rich, plush textures and a silky, opulent finish. This is a lot of fun to drink today and it's only going to get better and develop additional layers of complexity as it starts to improve. This is a very lusty, sexy style of St. Emilion.

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Filled with licorice, stone, blackberry jam, cocoa and black cherry liqueur, while not mature, this St. Emilion is starting to drink well. Full bodied, lush and concentrated with ripe, dark berries and minerality, the wine ends with rich sensations of fennel, chocolate and plum.

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2001 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

The mature wine opens with truffle, earth, forest, dark berry and cedar notes. The soft textured wine ends with spicy dark plums, coco and hint of green in the finish.

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2000 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Clearly this has entered its prime time drinking window. Silky and round, the licorice, dark plum, cherry and earthy nose is starting to come out. Full bodied and plush, the wine shows a lot of ripe, sweet, fruits and earthy characteristics in the soft textured finish.

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1990 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Fully mature and perhaps even a bit past that point, there is more earth, tobacco, spice and leafy aromatics, than fruit. Dusty, bright, plums line the finish. This is on the way out and requires drinking.

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1979 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

I was surprised at how good this was, the red berries were vibrant, fresh and sweet. Not quite high toned, but on the red fruit side, with a touch of fresh apple is medium bodied, offering tobacco and forest notes to make things more interesting. Not a wine I would hold, but if you see a bottle, it is worth taking a chance on.

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1961 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Old-school-charm galore here with all of its licorice, leaf, cocoa, strawberry tobacco and dark, cocoa powder nuances. Medium-bodied, elegant and still fresh, with an array of juicy, red, sweet fruits in the finish, this is clearly at peak today.

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Just a stunning wine that captures the beauty, depth and concentration found in the 1961. The wine shows off its tobacco, cedar, wet earth, forest floor and cherry filled personality with ease. Still fresh, with depth, length and complexity, this is a stunner. As good as this is, the wines made at Clos Fourtet today are going to reach much higher levels of quality as they mature. Note, this tasting was based on a magnum from the chateau, so your experience might vary.

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1949 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

I was more than surprised to find this wine showing so well. It tasted at least 10-20 years younger than I had expected. With a floral, cherry blossom, truffle and cigar store aromatic profile, the soft, silky wine displayed a purity of sweet cherry fruit in its finish. With wines this old, it can go either way, but this fortunately turned out to be a fine example of a fully mature St. Emilion.

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1929 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 85

Not a wine I'd ever have guessed I would see, the anticipation was strong for the initial sniff, swirl and sip. Better on the nose, with its secondary aromatics mixing tobacco, flowers, wet earth and cherries. The wine was light and on the palate, although the silky textures and still fresh, pure, red cherry notes remained a treat. I imagine 20-30 years ago, this was probably stunning!

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1921 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

At 97 years of age, this show stopper of a wine has the silky, exotic, patina of age to its texture, with this, medium bodied, beautiful mix of flowers, cherry and strawberry, buttressed by tobacco leaf, smoke, barbecue and herbs. Elegant, sensuous and still, with purity of fruit in the finish. I could have waited 3 years, until it was 100, but what if the wine was there, and I wasn't?

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Silky, soft, polished, medium bodied, elegant and refined, as well as sensual, the red fruits tasted as good as they felt.

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1920 Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 73

From a bottle that was never moved from its cold Bordeaux cellar, tea in color with earth, cigar box, tobacco, ash and light cherries. Light on the palate, with a tart, cherry finish, it was still a treat drinking a wine close to 100 years old.

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