Clos Fourtet 2017

SubregionSt Emilion

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 and J-C Berrouet are consultants here.

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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Clos Fourtet has a powerful, almost burly bouquet with upfront, quite bold blackberry, raspberry and strawberry fruit that maybe miss the precision of some of the appellation’s more elegant offerings. There is just a touch of cassis and violet that emerges with continued aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, more rounded in texture than its peers. There is impressive volume towards the finish that is uncommon in this vintage, but you have to just stand back and admire its persistence. Drink 2023-2045.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin,, May 2018

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Clos Fourtet is scented of crème de cassis, blueberry compote and plum preserves with touches of hoisin, truffles and dark chocolate plus a waft of anise. Medium to full-bodied, the generous fruit is plushly textured with great freshness, finishing long and spicy.

Score: 92/94Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

A very sexy young wine with a solid center palate and refined, integrated tannins. Medium body. Everything is in the right place.

Score: 94/95James Suckling,, April 2018

The 2017 Clos Fourtet is very good, but also very tightly wound. Powerful and tannic, the 2017 is likely to require many years to come in its own. Today, the 2017 is certainly less charming than some recent vintages and other 2017 Saint-Émilions. There is certainly no lack of depth or concentration. The dark red/purplish berry fruit, rose petal and lavender flavors are very nicely delineated. Clos Fourtet is one of the wines that improved over the two weeks I followed it. I won't be surprised if it is even better from bottle.

Score: 92/95Antonio Galloni,, May 2018

Black core with purple rim. Sweet and a little charry on the nose. A little less fruit on the palate than I expected from the aroma. Tannins are chalky but hold a firm grip and this needs time. But there's fruit at the core.
Drink 2024-2030

Score: 16Julia Harding MW,, April 2018

Picked September 20th to October 4th. The blend is 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. 30% of the crop was lost to frost, 10% to lower yields and 10% to selection so the final crop is half the normal amount with only 2500 cases to be produced. A deep, inky purple in the glass, this is very ripe on the nose with moccha and kirsch. The palate is quite heavily extracted with dense, chewy, mouthcoating tannins tempering the sweet, jammy, plush fruits. Though this is clearly a modern style that relies on ripeness and extraction, it has been done without harming the balance of the wine or seeming forced. A creamy, opulent, and perhaps international style of Bordeaux, but very well made.

Score: 15.5Farr Vintners, April 2018

The fruit feels ripe the nose is sweet with depth the palate a rich ripe mix of mainly black fruits. Lighter at the back bilberry and bramble balance and refresh but it fills out on the finish with depth of fruit. 2024-31

Score: 89/91Derek Smedley MW,, April 2018

Good quality with depth of complexity and layers. An excellent Clos Fourtet that really lives up to the success of recent vintages, if not quite at the level of its 2015 and 2016. Damson, dark chocolate and saline notes are bolstered by extremely dark fruits that have the juice to carry them through the mid-palate, the oak supporting rather than overwhelming. There's a slight austerity and savoury edge to the fruit that speaks of 2017, but this is easily hitting the heights of St-Émilion in this vintage.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2038

Score: 94Jane Anson,, April 2018

A very aromatic and oaky wine, with a large volume of fruit, too, this is a slightly angular and tense creation but it is certainly on the right track. The overall feel is of a dark and powerful wine and this doesn’t quite fit with the ‘shape’ of the vintage, but there is some compromise here and this is a decent effort.

Score: 17+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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