Red

1998 Clos Fourtet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 71

  • djhammond Likes this wine: 94 points

    May 29, 2019 - Drinking at its optimum, this only needs a short time in the decanter. Fully mature, there is no upside in not drinking this now, and indeed I would venture that this will start to decline in a year or two. The nose is still deep with aromas of red cherry, and dark berry fruits. On the palate it is a very powerful wine, (as noted by other reviews,) and the tannin profile gives it an almost Cabernet feel. The balance and depth are excellent, and it has a good lengthy finish.

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  • ZaphodB Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 26, 2019 - Powerful nose with notes of coffee and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is full bodied, powerful, with quite pronounced oak and lots of dark fruit.

  • La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 11, 2019 - This 21-year-old wine (purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion) was double-decanted, allowing three hours of aeration in decanter prior to funneling back into the cleaned bottle. The wine was then serially tasted over 2-3 hours at a restaurant with friends. Deep garnet, aromatically intense and quite complex, it offers scents dried cherries, cranberries, baking spices, pipe tobacco and lavender. Medium-bodied, fresh and seamlessly alcoholic (13%), it delivers flavors in line with the aromas, wrapped with silky residual tannins and beautifully integrated oak. With great mid-palate density and a lengthy finish, this is impressive in every sense of the word. Well-cellared bottles will last longer than previously estimated. Drink now-2024.

  • englishman's claret wrote: 91 points

    January 5, 2019 - Large-ish scaled, slightly high-toned blackberry, cedar, toffee nose. Not showing a lot of spice yet, but hopefully it will. 91ish with potential improvement for the future.

  • djhammond Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 14, 2018 - A wonderful wine, it is in a perfect place, and until the 2005 starts to be approachable, the best example of this estate. The nose is sumptous with red cherry underpinned with vanilla. The tannin is fully resolved, but has retained bite without dominating the fruit. There is excellent balance and a good finish. There is no reason not to be drinking this now, but it should stay at this level for another 5 years plus. Only a short time in the decanter is recommended, but it does need an hour of aeration to be fully enjoyed.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96 (link)

    (Clos Fourtet Saint Emilion (half bottle)) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90 (link)

    (Clos Fourtet Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/16/2012 (link) 94 points

    (Clos Fourtet) Opaque purple red violet color; portobello mushroom, tart black fruit, black tobacco nose; tasty, tart black fruit, black tobacco, mineral, portobello mushroom palate; medium-plus finish (72% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2004 (link) 17.5+ points

    (Clos Fourtet St Emilion) Estate owner Philippe Cuvelier talked us through the wine. The vineyards are planted with Merlot 85%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%. The blend this year included no Cabernet Franc. Macerated for 28 days, fermented in stainless steel, malolactic in barrel. A dense, very opaque wine. A fabulous, open nose, packed with intense fruit. The palate is wonderful - balanced, yet with velvety texture, good concentration and a full flavour, of brambly fruit and smoke. Textured, with a tannic backbone, and a good length. Very impressive.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • Type Red
  • Producer Clos Fourtet
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Libournais
  • Appellation St. Émilion Grand Cru
  • UPC Code 3328150016656

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  • Pending Delivery 20 (3%)
  • In Cellars 364 (50%)
  • Consumed 348 (48%)

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