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Clos Fourtet 2015

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > St Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Clos-Fourtet has a sensual, warm bouquet with chestnut and smoke-tinged red fruit, well defined and more understated than its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, elegant and refined, silky and smooth in texture with beautifully poised red cherry and cranberry notes toward the finish. A tang of tobacco lingers on the aftertaste. Stunning. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

This is very velvety and flamboyant with a sexy mouthfeel and rich and delicious fruit. Exotic and more-ish. All there. So much fun to taste.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Clos Fourtet has lifted menthol notes on the nose over a core of chocolate-covered cherries, dried mulberries, baked plums and potpourri plus a touch of cloves. Medium-bodied and very firm with lovely ripe, fine-grained tannins and plenty of freshness, it finishes long and perfumed. 2022 - 2039

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018

Tasted blind. Dark crimson. Heady and quite intriguing. Neat and dry. A tad drying on the end but impressive persistence.
Drink 2024-2040

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019

Mid to deep crimson. Oaky first impression, but with a nice lifted freshness of fruit as it opens in the glass. Dry, tight and finely textured, really rather elegant and more austere than many in this vintage but all in harmony. (JH) 14%
Drink 2024-2038

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017

Situated in the heart of Saint Emilion, close to Canon, this is one of the great vineyards of the appellation. The 19 hectares of vines are planted with 87% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. 70% new oak is used. Stephane Derenoncourt consults here. Matthieu Cuvelier told us that his 2015 has "complexity, approachability and is both open and complete". Deep purple colour. Baked strawberries, vanilla and toasted brioche on the nose. The palate is intense and concentrated with succulent, baked red fruits. Very exotic in its Merlot character with a little wood spice and generous, velvety tannins. Modern but well balanced and approachable.

Farr Vintners, March 2016

An absolute blockbuster is the 2015 Clos Fourtet, which is a blend of 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. It offers a huge nose of black and blue fruits, loads of incense, violets, chocolate, and underbrush aromas, full body, a seductive, ethereal texture, lots of fine tannins, and a finish that just won’t quit. This is as classy, seamless, and elegant as it gets. Give bottle 4-5 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following two decades. 2022 - 2042

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

The fruit on both nose and palate is ripe the nose has depth the palate richness with a mix of ripe black fruits. It feels fresher towards the back good balance with the sweet black fruits giving richness and depth on the finish. 2022-35

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

The Cabernet Sauvignon is always a key feature of this wine, and it’s the case again here
in 2015, providing structure and backbone. This is a little closed, but has the intensity,
limestone-derived freshness and sheer class to age well in bottle. Drink: 2022-30

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

Floral, bright, charming and relaxed on the nose, I like this style of wine because it doesn’t shove the oak up your nose
from the off leaving you to discover it along the journey. Robust and rewarding, this is a classic Clos Fourtet with a decent
life ahead.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016
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The 2015 Clos Fourtet has a very pure bouquet with black cherries, redcurrants, dried orange peel and cedar scents that unfurl beautifully in the glass. The palate is ripe and sensual on the entry, velvety smooth in texture with supremely well-integrated new oak. Underneath the harmonious veneer is a Saint-Émilion with superb backbone and it lingers long on the finish. There is an air of confidence about this Clos Fourtet from Mathieu Cuvelier and his team and it should age with style and panache. Anticipated maturity: 2021 - 2045.

Neal Martin, March 2018

The 2015 Clos Fourtet is a blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, and it was picked between 18 September and 12 October. It has a voluminous bouquet with sweet cassis and blueberry aromas, rather smudged with violets coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded tannin, ripe and voluptuous, dark chocolate infusing the red and black fruit with a touch of mint on the structured, graceful finish. What a fabulous Saint Emilion from Mathieu Cuvelier and his team - Clos Fourtet with breeding and class. It deserves 5-8 years in bottle. Drink 95-97

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

A Stéphane Derenoncourt wine. Lively and fresh on the nose. Great balance and fruit. Dry on the end but very classic.
Drink 2024-2036

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016
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