Colour: Medium ruby
Nose: An attractive bouquet of vanillin oakiness and ripe, herb-scented, berry fruit.
Palate: Medium-bodied wine with a forward, precocious, rich, supple fruitiness that caresses the palate
Grape Varieties: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc
Awards: 84pts – Wine Spectator; 84pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
History of Chateau Clos Fourtet
Clos Fourtet is a Premier Grand Cru Classé estate in Saint-Émilion, located adjacent to the medieval section of the town. The Merlot-dominant wine is prized for its combination of elegance with ripe berry fruit, and has long been a favorite of critics and a success at award shows.
Clos Fourtet, known as Camp Fourtet or Camfourtet in the Middle Ages, was once a fort designed to protect the town of Saint-Émilion. The sturdy walls from that period still enclose the manor house of the estate, which was built in the 18th Century, around the time winemaking commenced on the property. The 20-hectare (50-acre) vineyard is planted mostly to Merlot, with 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 percent Cabernet Franc on clay soils over limestone.The extensive cellars are underground, cut into the limestone bedrock, giving ideal conditions for maturation.