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The name Clos Fourtet comes from ‘Camp Fourtet’ as in the Middle Ages, this area was used as a fort to protect Saint-Émilion, the commune in which this producer sits. Pierre Lurton (now winemaker at Château Cheval Blanc) helped Clos Fourtet to carve out the reputation that is has today and this high standard is continued by the current wine maker, Daniel Alard. Clos Fourtet was bought by businessman Philippe Cuvelier in 2000 and is the estate is currently managed by his son Matthieu. Philippe Cuvelier also owns Château Poujeaux. Clos Fourtet has some of the largest underground cellars in Bordeaux and it is possible to see the limestone bedrock cut out from these vast cellars throughout the buildings of Saint-Émilion town. The estate also produces a second wine called Closerie de Fourtet.