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2017 Clos Fourtet

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

96Vinous / IWC

...vivid, rich and super-expressive. Beams of salinity give the 2017 its energy and shape... Lavender, mint, blue fruits and blood orange all build into the beautifully layered, exquisite finish.

96Wine Enthusiast

...dark, smoky wine... The smokiness goes with the impressive core of dry tannins and concentrated structure that supports the rich blackberry flavors.

96Jeb Dunnuck

...rocking perfume of ripe black raspberries, cassis, crushed stone, chocolate, and flowery incense. Powerful, full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it's beautifully done, has ripe, present tannins, and a great finish.

95Wine Spectator

Very pure, with clearly defined plum, blackberry and black cherry preserve flavors gliding through, gently infused with anise and black tea details along the way. The fruit is so seductive you might miss the sneaky, graphite-edged grip that builds through the finish...

94James Suckling

The nose has fresh blue fruit and hints of graphite and slate. The palate is succulent and juicy, right through to the very long finish.

93+ The Wine Advocate

...profoundly scented of baked blackberries, plum preserves, mulberries and kirsch with hints of cedar chest, iron ore and tapenade plus a waft of smoked meats. Medium-bodied, the palate is laden with earthy/savory nuances, supported by finely grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long and earthy.

15.5Jancis Robinson

...dark and charry. Rocky and really dark. Firm and pretty chewy on the palate. Tannins are smooth and dense...

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.