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  • Producer ranking ?

    12
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

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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 2020

In Bordeaux, the heat resulted in early flowering. Also, this led to an early harvest after a very hot summer. As a starting point, there is great maturity in the grapes, and one can expect a more opulent vintage than in the last few years.

The summer this year has been the warmest since 1959, yet the rain has fallen at the right times during the growing season. The harvest took place two weeks before the norm and will yield grapes with high potential alcohol and the lowest acidity since the 2003 vintage. As they say in Bordeaux: "It has been a good and extreme growing season which hopefully also produces great wines".

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2020 Clos Fourtet
APR 21 90M 7CS 3CF Ruby. Blackberries, cassis, fruit driven, scented, floral, intense nose, vanilla and spices nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark fruits, anise, blackberries, dense and intense with lift, layered and long. Graphite minerals finish. 14,5 alcohol, pH of 3,6. 50% new wood, 48 % second vintage and 2% amphora. 95-97

  • 97p

Full bottle 1,355 g. Cask sample taken 6 April. 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc. Fermentation of whole uncrushed berries in 25 small temperature-controlled tanks; extraction via manual pigeage; vatting period lasting 22 to 30 days; malolactic conversion in vats, jars and barrels.
Deep purple. Pretty heady, complex nose. Appetising palate. Round, ripe tannins lurking beneath some pretty sophisticated fruit. Finishes dry and spreads out on the very end like a peacock's tail. Much drier than most St-Émilions, with seriously interesting freshness.
 

  • 90p

Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive and multi-layered nose with ripe fruit, blackberries and black cherries, hints of mulberries and candied cherries in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, excellent length and depth, juicy fruit, mild spices and hints of minerality. 

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St. Emilion, Bordeaux

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