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Clos Fourtet 2019

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

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

attractive aromas of wild berries, pencil shavings, vine smoke, black truffle and violets introduce the 2019 clos fourtet, a medium to full-bodied, deep and seamless wine with a concentrated core of fruit, beautifully refined tannins and lively acids, concluding with a long, saline finish. elegant and complete, this is a brilliant wine from this 19-hectare vineyard situated on the limestone plateau of saint-émilion, just outside the village, which has been on a qualitative roll since the 2001 vintage. drink date 2025 - 2060

William Kelley, RobertParker.com (April 2022), April 2022

The 2019 Clos Fourtet has a stubborn and backward bouquet with sultry black fruit, quite tertiary in style, antique bureau and woodbines. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent blackberry and blueberry fruit, maybe just a little cloying compared to its peers despite the velvety and caressing finish. One for those who like modern Saint-Émilion but it needs serious cellaring time. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting. Drink 2025-2048

Neal Martin, vinous.com (Southwold), February 2023

Lots of purple fruit with white pepper and crushed stones in the nose. It’s full-bodied, yet tight and poised with a very chalky and salty undertone to the purple fruit. Flavorful finish. Linear and long. Try after 2026.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2022

The 2019 Clos Fourtet is a blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it charges out of the gate with energetic scents of crushed blackberries, juicy black plums, and black raspberries, plus suggestions of cedar, pencil shavings, and chocolate box. The full-bodied palate is taut and tightly wound with loads of black fruit and mineral layers supported by firm, grainy tannins, finishing with a spicy lift.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2023

20ha of prime St Emilion limestone, punching at the very top of its game. This is muscular, less exuberant than the exceptional 2018 but this is still easily one of the wines of the vintage, salinity and austerity but creamy in texture, with pure, well chiselled blueberry, blackberry and raspberry fruits with peony flowers on the finish. Biodynamic farming, but not certified. 38hl/h yield. 50% new oak, 2% amphoras.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, January 2022

Tasted blind. Correct and classy but very reined-in. Taut finish and no opulence. But it grew in the glass. 14.5%
Drink 2026– 2040

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2023

The 2019 Château Clos Fourtet is another gem from the Right Bank that delivers the goods. From the upper, limestone plateau and always a bigger, richer wine than its neighbors (Canon, Beau-Séjour Bécot), it still shows incredible minerality and limestone character in its deep black cherry, currant, and mulberry fruits as well as scorched earth, chalky minerality, roasted herb, licorice, and white flower-like aromas and flavors. Rich, full-bodied, concentrated, and structured on the palate, it's flawlessly balanced, has ripe, broad, building tannins, an expansive mouthfeel, and a great, great finish. It needs a decade of bottle age, but it’s truly brilliant stuff.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, April 2022
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The 2019 Clos Fourtet has a beautifully defined bouquet of vivacious red berry fruit, wild hedgerow, cassis and crushed violets, intense at the moment, and yet I think this is going to close down. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, blackberry, a touch of tar, and a pinch of white pepper on a finish that fans out gloriously. A long-term prospect. 2025 - 2055

Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2022

The 2019 Clos Fourtet continues its strong run of form under the direction of Mathieu Cuvelier and his team. It sprints out of the blocks with intense blackberries, raspberry coulis, blood orange and crushed violet aromas, touches of iodine developing as it musters ever increasing delineation. The palate is medium-bodied but (as expected) contains more weight and girth compared to its peers. Firm grip, solid and yet graceful, there is a crescendo of flavours towards its heady, focused and very persistent finish. Wonderful salinity in the mouth, the aftertaste is one of the longest you will find on the Right Bank. Fabulous. 2025 - 2055

Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

A beautiful core of ripe fruit in the center palate with deep, dark-chocolate undertones. It’s full-bodied with layers of fruit and ripe tannins. Flavorful finish.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Clos Fourtet tumbles effortlessly out of the glass with fragrant scents of baked plums, stewed black cherries, and red currant jelly, leading to suggestions of violets, star anise, and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, the palate is intense and wonderfully expressive with a ripe, plush texture and bags of freshness, finishing very long and fragrant. An impressive wine!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Clos Fourtet has a knock-out nose of baked blueberries, boysenberries and stewed plums with hints of chocolate-covered cherries, spice cake, candied violets and woodsmoke plus a touch of cast-iron pan. The medium to full-bodied palate is packed with layer upon layer of blue and black fruit preserves with loads of floral and mineral sparks and firm, rounded tannins, finishing long with fantastic energy and depth. If you're looking for that "iron fist in a velvet glove" experience in 2019, look no further. 2024 - 2055

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (July Week ), July 2020
Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020
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