Clos Fourtet Saint Émilion 2012 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Clos Fourtet Saint Émilion 2012

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Clos Fourtet Saint Émilion 2012 750ml


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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
Region France, Bordeaux, St. Emilion
Brand Clos Fourtet
Alcohol/vol 14%
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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 29, 2015
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VinousThe 2012 Clos Fourtet is deep, fleshy and quite seductive. Sweet red cherry, plum, dried flowers, sage and rosemary flesh out in a pretty, gracious Clos Fourtet that offers lovely balance to match its mid-weight, restrained personality. This is a lovely showing, and a wine that should drink well with minimal cellaring. The 2012 preserves lovely freshness, but it should also drink well with minimal cellaring. There is plenty to admire, that much is sure. The 2012 is 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc that spent 18 months in French oak, 60% new.

Antonio Galloni
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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