Clos Fourtet - Saint Emilion Grand Cru - 2004 - 1500 ml
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
"Clos Fourtet’s 2004 is a worthy successor to their brilliant 2003, a breakthrough vintage for this estate. Much of the credit goes to the new owner, Philippe Cuvelier, who has brought renewed vigor to this famous property. 2004 offers a dark purple color as well as a gloriously sweet nose of raspberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and smoke. This seamless, medium to full-bodied effort exhibits more texture and intensity than many of its peers. There is even a degree of fatness, a characteristic not generally found in this vintage." - 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.