Clos Fourtet Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe B – 2009

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Clos Fourtet




Bordeaux Red Blend




Clos Fourtet


Clos Fourtet






Premier Grand Cru Classe B

Cuvee Bottling


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Tasting notes

Tasted: 14/03/2019
Drink: 2022-2042
Author: Neal Martin

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Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/02/2012
Drink: 2017-2067

After tasting it three times from bottle, I am convinced this prodigious wine is one of the greatest young Bordeaux I have ever tasted. Inky blue/purple with notes of camphor, forest floor, blackberry, cassis, sweet cherries, licorice, the wine has stunning aromatics, unctuous texture and an almost inky concentration, but without any hard edges. With considerable tannin and...

...just enough acidity to provide definition, this wine transcends even its premier grand cru classe terroir. It is certainly the finest Clos Fourtet ever produced. Give it 5-7 years of cellaring to allow some of its baby fat to fall away. There is certainly enough structure underneath to keep for 30-50 years. Bravo! From my barrel score of 95-98, I suppose I should have seen this perfect score coming, particularly considering what proprietor Philippe Cuvelier and estate manager Tony Ballu have accomplished over the last decade. This is one of the great terroirs of St.-Emilion, nearly 50 acres high on the clay beds and deep limestone plateau of the region, just a stone's throw from the luxury hotel and restaurant Hostellerie de Plaisance. Yields were moderate at 34 hectoliters per hectare, and the final blend is 88% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon (somewhat unusual) and the rest Cabernet Franc, aged 18 months in 80% new oak.

Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/04/2010
Drink: 2010-2030

This is a perennial superstar thanks to the efforts of proprietor Philippe Cuvelier and the estate's manager, Tony Ballu. This beautifully-situated, nearly 48-acre vineyard, high on the clay and deep limestone plateau just adjacent to the town walls of St.-Emilion, was harvested between September 28 and October 13, with yields of 34 hectoliters per hectare. The natural alcohol...

...turned out to be 14%. A magical wine, it may have a hard time eclipsing the 2005, but it is another prodigious effort in its own right. The dense purple color offers up notes of white chocolate, blueberry, blackberry, crushed rock, and white flowers. Textured, full-bodied, enormously pure, and voluptuously textured, it is nearly too easy to drink because of the exquisite balance and seamless integration of all its component parts. This is a killer Clos Fourtet that should drink well young yet evolve for 20+ years. (Tasted five times.)
Tasted: 13/02/2019
Drink: 2019-2035

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Area under vines: 18.50 hectares
Soils: clayey-limestone
Average age of the vines: 30 years
Production: 55 000 bottles a year
Ageing: 18 to 22 months in 65% new oak barrels
Planting density:  6000 foots per hectares
Grape varieties:

  • Merlot 85%
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 10%
  • Cabernet Franc 5%

Second wine: Closerie de Fourtet

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Clos Fourtet


1 Le Châtelet-Sud, Saint-Emilion, France

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1 Le Châtelet-Sud, Saint-Emilion, France
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