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2006 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion

SKU #1044912 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London.The 2006 Clos Fourtet has a ripe, forward kirsch and iodine-scented bouquet, blueberries emerging time with just a faint touch of volatility that in some ways has become part of this Saint Emilion's character profile. You have to stand back and admire its bavura. The palate is maturing nicely, better than 2006 Troplong-Mondot with black cherries, blackcurrant, tar and Asian spices. This is nicely focused and shows superb freshness, a Saint Emilion that appears to have meliorated in bottle. (NM)  (5/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Smoky and spicy aromas set the scene for a wine that plays on its wood and toast. These give a smooth texture to the berry fruits and dried raisins. At this stage in its development, the wine is still tight, but as it opens out its concentration will come through more, and the freshness of2006's Merlot will show strongly. (RV)  (3/2009)

90 points Decanter

 Delicate touches of grilled almonds and smoky liquorice. It’s also firm, with good lift. Not yet ready to drink, but has good potential. Drinking window: 2018 - 2032. (JA)  (6/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Crushed blackberry, dark chocolate and spices on the nose follow through to a full body, with very soft tannins that turn silky and refined. Fresh, rich and racy. (JS)  (6/2009)

K&L Notes

Sweet and balanced. Not overdone. Creamy middle. At UGC - long and deep - very fine sweet fruit. Very good structure-superb. *+ Ralph Sands: no question one of the stars of the right bank in 2006. Alex Brisoux: Sweet red fruit, clean wine, bright elegant, even a bit of minerality.

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion