The main defining characteristic of Clos Fourtet, a Premier Grand Cru Classe of Saint-Émilion, is that it is classified as a “clos.” In a constant search for excellence, Clos Fourtet and the Cuvelier family practice sustainable agriculture with a profound respect for nature.
A benchmark among the finest Saint-Émilion wines, Clos Fourtet reigns over a 20-hectare vineyard. The vines are 29 years old on average and are planted on clay-limestone soils, a typical feature of Saint-Emilion.
Vinification and ageing
The wine is aged in barrels for 15 months, with 60% in new barrels.
Cabernet Sauvignon (8%)
Cabernet Franc (2%).
The deep colour reveals a beautiful garnet hue, with ruby highlights.
The intense nose blends floral (violet), fruity notes (blackcurrant) and aromas of cigar box.
The dense and smooth palate seduces with its coated tannic structure and its beautiful minerality. The finish is very long with delicious hints of black fruit, peppermint and an incredible aromatic persistence.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Clos Fourtet is a little closed to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal notions of warm black cherries, crème de cassis, blackberry compote and dark chocolate with hints of garrigue, bay leaves and cigar box. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm yet beautifully ripe frame of fine-grained tannins with a lively line lifting the concentrated, multilayered fruit to a long finish.