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  • Country ranking ?

    3 352
  • Producer ranking ?

    8
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Roast leg of lamb

The Story

 Clos Fourtet enjoys an ideal setting, with its 47 acres of walled vineyard atop a limestone-based plateau. Clos Fourtet was sold in 2001 by the the Lurton family for just under £42 million to the Cuvelier family. By lowering yields, encouraging malolactic fermentation in stainless-steel tanks and employing less new oak, Clos Fourtet shows greater precision. 

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Vintage 2013

Rain during the winter period replenished the water tables with 380mm (15 inches) falling between October and March. Very little rain fell during the period between 15th February and 15th March, and there was a 20 day period of frosts.

From 10th March to mid-May, we had regular spells of rain. From 26th May to 20th June, heavy rainfall brought 200mm of water. From June 20th on, we had very fine weather with no rain and plenty of sunshine. In September, successive light showers fell during the whole of the month and continued into October.

 

Growing season:

Bud-break took place on April 10th, which is very late. The budding was even and of good quality. The flowering process took place in difficult climatic conditions; active vine shooting and very rainy weather caused substantial crop losses through failed fruit setting.
Veraison was completed at the end of August in correct weather conditions. At this stage we cut away any late-ripening bunches in order to equalise the ripening. 
The harvest took place during the few days in October without rain.

Tasting comments:

Clos Fourtet 2013 reveals generous aromas of blackberry and cherry subtly intermixed with floral notes of violets and irises. This elegant wine expresses great purity on the palate; the attack is full, and the tannins are fine and silky. The mid-palate develops delicately towards a saline finish. 

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Written Notes

Dark purple red with violet hue. Elegant nose with fresh berry fruit, discreet minerality, fine toasting and elegant spicyness. On the palate well structured with convincing length and complex character.
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Deep ruby. Scented, blueberries, layered, minerals, intense and fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, lively and rounded, leaner finish, towards long. 89-91
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Information

Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Drinking temperature

16

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Clos Fourtet 2013  ( Clos Fourtet )

"Dark purple red with violet hue. Elegant nose with fresh berry fruit, discreet minerality, fine toasting and elegant spicyness. On the palate well structured with convincing length and complex character. "

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Clos Fourtet 2013  ( Clos Fourtet )

"Deep ruby. Scented, blueberries, layered, minerals, intense and fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, lively and rounded, leaner finish, towards long. 89-91"

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Clos Fourtet 2013  ( Clos Fourtet )

"Dark purple red with violet hue. Elegant nose with slightly restrained fruit, discreet spicyness in the background. On the palate well structured with good weight and convincing length. "

2y 4m ago

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