clos fourtet premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru 2011
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
94

2011 clos fourtet premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru

Why We're Buying

Smooth and seductive. Those are the calling cards of Clos Fourtet (St. Émilion Grand Cru Classé B). The Right Bank winery consistently captures the potential of its terroir with wines that reveal themselves with time. In 2020, Clos Fourtet appreciated 11.6%.

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Two consulting oenologists with different philosophies work together at Clos Fourtet. Since Stephane Derenoncourt, a late harvester, and Jean-Claude Barrouet, a much earlier harvester, have joined forces, the results have been exhilarating. This 50-acre vineyard high on the plateau, owned by the Cuvelier family and managed by Tony Balu, had yields of 33 hectoliters per hectare. The 2011, one of the stars of the vintage, is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by notes of graphite, truffles, blackberries and blueberries. Rich and medium to full-bodied with good acidity, sweet, well-integrated tannin and a hint of forest floor, this big, fleshy St.-Emilion should drink well for two decades. (91-94)