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2016 Clos Fourtet

Light label condition issue

ITEM 8096951 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

Bidder Amount Total
$90
Item Sold Amount Date
I8150783 1 $90 Mar 27, 2022
I8102899 1 $90 Jan 30, 2022
I8070394 2 $90 Jan 16, 2022
I8057315 9 $90 Jan 9, 2022
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RATINGS

97Vinous / IWC

... Inky blue/purplish berry fruit, lavender, spice and white flowers are all vivid in the glass...silky, seamless personality...stunningly beautiful and utterly compelling...

97James Suckling

Love the dark-berry and intense black-olive and chocolate aromas that follow through to a full body and firm and chewy tannins that deliver a rich and delicious finish...

97Jeb Dunnuck

...monster bouquet of ripe blackberries, cassis, graphite, and crushed rocks, and it picks up more blue fruits, truffle, and limestone minerality...deep, full-bodied, powerful...a brilliant bottle of wine...

96Wine Enthusiast

...classical Bordeaux balance between fruit and acidity on the one hand and tannins and firm structure on the other...also offers generous black-currant fruit and a fresh aftertaste.

95The Wine Advocate

...warm black cherries, crème de cassis, blackberry compote and dark chocolate with hints of garrigue, bay leaves and cigar box. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm yet beautifully ripe frame of fine-grained tannins with a lively line lifting the concentrated, multilayered fruit to a long finish.

95Wine Spectator

Lively, with a juicy, mouthfilling mix of loganberry, black currant and bramble flavors pumping through, laced liberally with licorice snap and roasted apple wood notes. Tobacco and savory accents provide detail, while a beautifully fine chalky thread adds length.

17.5Jancis Robinson

... Lovely sweet and seductive wine... Great balance and attraction. All in its place. Long and rich. Appetising.

PRODUCER

Clos Fourtet

Clos Fourtet is a 45-acre estate in the St.-Emilion appellation of Bordeaux, France. It is ranked as a Premier Grand Cru Classe B in the classification system of the St.-Emilion. Wine has been made at the estate since the mid-18th century. Today the estate is owned by Philippe Cuvelier, who also owns Chateau Poujeaux. The vineyards are planted to 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Some 5,000 cases of Clos Fourtet are produced annually. There is also a second wine, Closerie de Fourtet. Robert M. Parker Jr. believes that the estate “has been resurrected” by Cuvelier, and that in the last decade it “has been one of the best premiers grand crus classes of St.-Emilion, with striking richness, color, intensity and minerality.”

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion

Saint-Émilion is on the east side of the Dordogne River. At 13,400 acres it is one of Bordeaux’s largest appellations, and perhaps its most picturesque. It is also home to what has been called “the garagiste” movement of upstart, tradition-defying winemakers who produce artisanal wines in styles that are unconventional for the appellation. The village of Saint-Émilion dates from the middle ages and it sits on low hills, surrounded by ancient walls. Like its neighbor Pomerol, Saint-Émilion was not included in the famous Bordeaux classification system of 1855. But a century later a ranking system was put in place, and unlike the classification system for the Medoc, the Saint-Émilion system is reviewed every ten years, meaning that estates can be upgraded or downgraded. There are three rankings: Grand Cru Classé, Premier Grand Cru Classé B and Premier Grand Cru Classé A, with the final ranking being the best. Such legendary Saint-Émilion estates as Châteaux Ausone and Cheval-Blanc are Premier Grand Cru Classé A, along with Châteaux Pavie and Angélus, both added to the classification in 2012. Wines in this appellation are primarily Merlot, mixed with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.