2014 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
A stunning, breathtaking wine, the 2014 Clos Fourtet is without question one of the stars of the vintage. Deep yet also wonderfully nuanced, it exudes energy and transparency. Enticing scents of violet, lavender, mint and chalk add to the wine's chiseled personality. The 2014 has gained considerable depth, volume and intensity since I tasted it from barrel as a young wine, but without losing its intensely mineral, understated personality. Today, it is exceptionally beautiful in every way. The blend is 89 % Merlot, 7 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 4 % Cabernet Franc. (AG)
Barrel Sample. Ripe black-cherry aromas lead the nose of this wine that's fruity while having just enough structure to promise aging. It's fresh and crisp, with a cut of structure in the background. The aftertaste brings out a smokier, toasty character that does show its future maturation potential. (RV)
A sleek, lean cat, with distilled currant and raspberry fruit that races from start to finish, maintaining tension throughout thanks to a riveting chalky spine. A light floral hint hangs in the background. Should develop into a perfumy beauty with time. Best from 2022 through 2035. (JM)
The richness and decadence of this are so pretty. Medium to full body and firm and silky tannins. Juicy and long. Flavorful. Needs time to soften. Austerity will turn to great beauty. Try in 2020.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Clos Fourtet 2014 is a blend of 89% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc, picked between 3 October until around the 21 October. Mathieu Cuvelier found good freshness and acidity in the wine and compared it to the 2001 - a straight and long wine. It has an opulent bouquet with macerated black cherries and blueberry fruit, plenty of new oak but it is nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit intermingling with orange zest and a touch of tobacco on the finish. It will need three of four years in bottle to fully coalesce, but otherwise this should be a fine Saint Emilion.(NM)