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Clos Fourtet - Saint Emilion Grand Cru - 2004 - 1500 ml

Clos Fourtet - Saint Emilion Grand Cru - 2004 - 1500 ml

$2,290
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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]

OUR NOTES

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.

TECHNICAL SHEET

Surface area: 20 hectares (50 acres)
Grape composition:  85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc 
Soils: Clay-limestone
Average age of the vines: 25 years
Ageing 15 months with 60% of the First Wine in new barrels.