Clos Fourtet 2006

Bordeaux
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£62.95 per bottle
21 in stock

A blend of 80% Merlot and the rest equally split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this wine has a dense purple color and a beautifully sweet nose of blackberry and blueberry fruits intermixed with acacia flowers, charcoal, and some subtle oak. The wine is nicely textured, medium-bodied, and very concentrated for a 2006 St.-Emilion, with a certain degree of opulence and sucrosite. This is a beauty, with moderate tannins in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2027. If you haven’t gotten on the Clos Fourtet bandwagon, now is the time, as demand will certainly increase.

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A blend of 80% Merlot and the rest equally split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this wine has a dense purple color and a beautifully sweet nose of blackberry and blueberry fruits intermixed with acacia flowers, charcoal, and some subtle oak. The wine is nicely textured, medium-bodied, and very concentrated for a 2006 St.-Emilion, with a certain degree of opulence and sucrosite. This is a beauty, with moderate tannins in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2027. If you haven’t gotten on the Clos Fourtet bandwagon, now is the time, as demand will certainly increase.

Robert Parker on Feb 1st, 2009

Producer

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.

Region

Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand. 

Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.

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