Clos Fourtet - Saint Emilion Grand Cru - 2003 - 750 ml
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
"This magnificent wine, which is just beginning to come into full maturity, boasts an inky/purple color as well as copious notes of blackberries, licorice, violets, and a striking chalky minerality. Full-bodied, voluptuously textured and stunningly pure, this great Bordeaux is one of the vintage’s superstars. The finish lasts 40-45 seconds in this majestic, multidimensional St. Emilion. It should continue to drink well for 10-15 years, but why wait?" - Robert M. Parker, Jr. - The Wine Advocate [Tasted in 2014]
Located at the gates of the medieval city on underground quarries, Clos Fourtet owes its name to "Camp Fourtet", a fortified place which served to protect Saint-Emilion in the Middle Ages. Made famous by its owners, the lords of Figeac in the 18th century, the walled estate includes an 18.7-hectare vineyard in one piece and a residence built during the Ancien Régime.
Bought in 2001 by Philippe Cuvelier from the Lurton family, Clos Fourtet has a naturally drained terroir made up of clay-limestone soil with low topsoil. The grape variety is 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.
The vines, which have an average age of 25 years, are worked in a traditional and reasoned way: use of organic and mineral fertilizers, disbudding, protection of the embryos of bunches and vines against diseases, mites or fungi, leaf stripping, green harvest to optimize concentration.
Surface area: 20 hectares (50 acres)
Grape composition: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
Average age of the vines: 25 years
Ageing 15 months with 60% of the First Wine in new barrels.