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2009 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion

SKU #1121477 100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark After tasting it three times from bottle, I am convinced this prodigious wine is one of the greatest young Bordeaux I have ever tasted. Inky blue/purple with notes of camphor, forest floor, blackberry, cassis, sweet cherries, licorice, the wine has stunning aromatics, unctuous texture and an almost inky concentration, but without any hard edges. With considerable tannin and just enough acidity to provide definition, this wine transcends even its premier grand cru classe terroir. It is certainly the finest Clos Fourtet ever produced. Give it 5-7 years of cellaring to allow some of its baby fat to fall away. There is certainly enough structure underneath to keep for 30-50 years. Bravo! (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2009 Clos Fourtet has a generous and opulent bouquet with red cherries, kirsch, fig and light mocha aromas that gently unfold, retaining admirable definition and poise. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, good structure. A more masculine, serious finish exerts impressive control. This is a classy Saint-Émilion with plenty of ageing potential. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Elegant as well as rich, this is a beautiful wine. It has great depth of flavor, the sweetest fruit, deliciously ripe. At the same time, the tannins are an underlying sustenance to the impressive ageworthiness. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Tons of black fruit, plenty of smoke and some balsamic character make a dramatic statement on the nose. On the palate there's rather sweet fruit at the front, then major tannins come through at the finish that still need time to fully resolve. Better after 2022 Inner quote mark (3/2019)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright, deep ruby. Slightly porty yet fresh on the hugely ripe nose, offering scents of medicinal cherry, minerals, licorice and roasted meat. Plush, seamless and wonderfully deep, with sexy sweetness leavening by strong minerality. One of the fullest and most mouthfilling wines of this fleshy vintage. Not hugely complex--in fact a bit youthfully monolithic today--but wonderfully dense wine with fully ripe, sweet tannins and superb persistence. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Rather ripe, but nicely framed by singed apple wood, which keeps the core of damson plum, black currant and black cherry flavors at bay for now. Licorice root and black tea notes undercut the finish, which is on the grippy side. This opens steadily in the glass, too. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2013 | Send Email
** Super-balanced wine. Wonderful! At UGC: Fine rich texture, silky, with layers of fruit. Elegant!

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2013 | Send Email
Loved it every time we tasted it. Sweet, silky dark purple fruit.

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