Red

2003 Clos Fourtet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 141

  • Yourcenar Likes this wine:

    September 16, 2019 - 92

  • Yourcenar Likes this wine: 94 points

    August 17, 2019 - at full maturity

  • Chainthroer wrote: 92 points

    June 4, 2019 - No notes. Score 92+.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Purple Tooth wrote: 95 points

    April 27, 2019 - This is zinging with power and nowhere near its potential. So damn constructed and so misleading through its balance. Loads of dense red and new black fruit makes this wine a crossover between a killer Napa wine a French monster with manners and loads of power that reveals itself through its long, punchy exit...A wine that needs about 5 years more before being rubbed out of the lamp...Very nice! drink if you must, but please try to HOLD

  • Grinner wrote: 96 points

    March 23, 2019 - DenTinJaMa Inaugural (Chateau Lyon): Also a 3 hour decant and moderate sediment. This was way better than 5.5 years ago! An immediate nose and the same velvety texture as in 11/2013. Currants, blackberry, mocha, cedar, tobacco, and wet stone persist. Not quite a winegasm, but close. Still has 4-5 years.

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    3/21/2013 (link)

    (Clos Fourtet St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

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

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/3/2005 (link)

    (Clos Fourtet St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2005, IWC Issue #120 (link)

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

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/7/2005 (link)

    (Clos Fourtet St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114 (link)

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

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2011 (link) 17 points

    (Clos Fourtet (St Emilion)) Only a few months since my last bottle of this, so I'm not expecting significant development. A dusty, claretty hue at the rim. The nose starts off with a very evocative and rather sexy style, all toasty and with oaky, new barrel spice. There is some supple and seductive fruit here, but also as it interacts with the air there is a fresh element, more perfumed, and it is this element more than anything else that ties this wine to Bordeaux. There is a little seashell note, and even a touch of mint not previously noticed. The palate is gorgeous, supple and seductive, just as creamy this time but also with a certain polish and substantial character, with a really grainy, toasted, charred-tannin underbelly which really defines the feel to the wine through the midpalate. Peppery, raspberry and plum, mint and soot on the palate. This is very fine, grippy, lightly charcoaly, structured, with appealing acidity but also stacks of substance and texture, A delightful wine, modern and luscious, but with sufficient frame to keep me interested. As I noted last time, this vintage isn't for all, but I think there is a lot of pleasure and promise in this wine.

  • By Chris Kissack
    September 2010 (link) 17+ points

    (Clos Fourtet (St Emilion)) This has a hint of maturity in terms of fading brightness, but no major development in terms of tone, and it still has a glossy suggestion. The nose is very evocative, with notes of roasted plum fruit with the sexy-spicy overtones that right-bank Merlot can be so good at. There is a spicy meat to the nose, along with a fresh brightness, like oyster shell, lifting it above what we might usually expect from 2003. Big, bold and creamy on entry, and against this opulent texture the midpalate hosts a battle between ripe, grainy, slightly sooty tannins on one side and vibrant acidity (where did that come from?) on the other. Full, nice spicy Merlot character, grippy and fairly direct, with vibrant raspberry and pepper tinged elements at the end. Long too. For the vintage, it is remarkable; not the over-the-top unbalanced concoction that might be expected. I like it very much, although it will not appeal to those looking for purity, elegance and the drily savoury style Bordeaux was once renowned for - this is very much 'modern' Bordeaux. Rich and extracted, but not overdone I think. And no rush to drink here. Looking at my note from 2005 it looks like I under-estimated this wine.

  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2005 (link) 15 points

    (Clos Fourtet St Emilion) A super ripe nose here, of exotic dark fruits. Full on fruit on the palate, although only moderate weight, a little creamy on entry, but then loses it through the midpalate. Seems attenuated. Over-extracted again? Piles of tannin here also.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • 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 Codes 071570017002, 649944053408, 721298800317, 802236001895, 872438872319

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 95 (2%)
  • In Cellars 2,655 (64%)
  • Consumed 1,373 (33%)

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