Clos Fourtet Saint Émilion 2012


SKU 03332


TOP 100 WINE OF THE YEAR 2015 WINE SPECTATOR --- #9 SPOT!!! --- The Clos Fourtet estate in Saint Emilion enjoys an ideal setting, with its 47 acres of walled vineyard atop a limestone-based plateau. The Cuvelier family purchased the property in 2001. By lowering yields, encouraging malolactic fermentation in stainless-steel tanks and employing less new oak, Clos Fourtet has shown greater precision over the last decade+. According to Wine Spectator, 'in the challenging 2012 vintage, the château’s team—maître de chai Tony Ballu and consulting winemakers Jean-Claude Berrouet and Stéphane Derenoncourt—created a top wine and an excellent value with their Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blend.' The estate's vines average 30 years, and consist of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Only 3500 cases produced.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Emilion
Brand Clos Fourtet
Alcohol/vol 14%
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateHaving just had the 2003 and 2005 from my cellar, I can attest to the magnificent turnaround in quality this famous estate on the eastern side of St.-Emilion has achieved. All of it is attributable to its dynamic proprietor, Philippe Cuvelier. The 2012 Clos Fourtet (usually 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc) has beautiful blackberry and blueberry fruit and an inky purple color. With flawless integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol, a full-bodied mouthfeel and stunning richness, this is impressive and certainly one of the vintage's top wines. It should evolve beautifully for 15-20 years, and be drinkable in 3-4. Yields were a modest 32 hectoliters per hectare with the alcohol at 14%.

Robert Parker, April 2015
  • ws94

Wine SpectatorGorgeous, with a pure, unadorned violet aroma giving way to very ripe and stylish plum, boysenberry and blackberry fruit. Offers a suave mouthfeel, with anise and tobacco hints filling the background. A finely stitched chalk note extends the finish. Not shy on depth, and sneakily long. Best from 2017 through 2030.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2015
  • we93-95

Wine EnthusiastBarrel sample. Powerful and concentrated, this is a firmly textured wine with a dark, solid, dense character. The palate balances fine acidity and fruit with a dark, brooding structure.

Roger Voss, April 9, 2013