2010 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066835 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Although this superb 2010 is built differently, it is as impressive as the extravagant 2009 and the prodigious 2005. A blend of 85% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc made from yields of 31 hectoliters per hectare, with 14.5% natural alcohol, Stephane Derenoncourt is the consulting winemaker. One can not say enough about what proprietor Philippe Cuvelier has accomplished at Clos Fourtet over the last decade turning a perennial underachiever into one of the great wines of Bordeaux. Production from this 50-acre vineyard is nearly 4,000 cases. The inky/purple-hued 2010 displays a beautiful bouquet of incense, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, licorice and camphor. Full-bodied and opulent with more tannin and glycerin than the massive 2009, the 2010, while less sumptuous than the 2009, is a huge effort that is undoubtedly capable of lasting 30+ years.  (5/ 2011)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Very winey, with a saturated, sappy feel as kirsch, blackberry preserves and blueberry coulis notes tumble around, while the frame of charcoal, smoldering tobacco and licorice root keeps them penned together. The tannin structure is significant, but very refined, and that should carry this through extended cellaring while the aromatics and midpalate develop harmony. Best from 2016 through 2030.  (3/ 2013)

93-94 points James Suckling

 A beautiful wine, with everything in the bottle. Blackberries, minerals and blueberries. Full and silky. Long, long finish.  (4/ 2011)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This chunky, fruity wine is full bodied and rich. It shows all the structure and weight of the vintage allied to ripe black fruits and a dense texture edged with minerality. Still very firm and youthful, it will need many years to mature.  (3/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Very dark, lustrous crimson. Very interesting and intriguing nose with, already, many layers. Toast, orange peel, lustrous sheen, something akin to coconut milk (but not the cheap sheen of too-obvious American oak). Very winning and engaging. Breadth and length. Dry but not drying finish. Very vital on the finish - and long too.  (4/ 2011)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/13/2013  | Send Email
In barrel. Tight nose, red cherry and exotic spice on the palate a bit astringent with a bright red fruit finish. At UGC from bottle.... this wine has really come together very layered and don't be surprised if Parker's score goes up along with the price. Dense dark plum more exotic spice, anise and almost liqueur like on finish. I really loved wine.

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
Atypically elegant for St- Emilion, this wine displays beautiful, complex cherry and wild berry fruit, as well as subtle spice notes. ***1/2. At UGC: This wine displays rose petal aromas and red fruits of all sorts including candied cranberry, red cherry and red currant. Spicy and racy, the wine is still a bit closed off right now. Probably a notch below the perfect 2009.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/17/2011  | Send Email
Nice nose. Elegant and restrained, with good texture and mid-palate fruit. Finishes with round, long tannins.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion