Clos Fourtet - 2008 - Saint-Emilion Grand Cru - 1.5 L
France - Bordeaux - Libournais
Cabernet Franc - Merlot
Red - Vintage: 2008 - Size: 1.5 L
The 2008 Clos Fourtet has a tightly wound bouquet with raspberry, cranberry and light tertiary aromas, a touch of bell pepper in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin. This Clos Fourtet boasts impressive body, almost sinewy in style, a backward 2008 Saint Émilion from Mathieu Cuvelier although I was smitten by its persistent spicy aftertaste. It clearly deserves a couple more years in bottle. One to watch carefully.
The harvest ran from October 9-20, and the 2008 Clos Fourtet tips the scales at 13% natural alcohol. A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc, it exhibits an inky/purple color along with notes of pen ink, blackberry liqueur, and espresso roast, sensationally concentrated layers of pure black fruits, a full-bodied, powerful style, crisp acids, dense fruit, and ripe tannins. This brilliant 2008 may merit an even higher score after additional time in wood. It will evolve for 20-25 years.
Wine Spectator: 90
Juicy, with a tasty mix of dark plum, crushed fig and blackberry fruit, which is then followed by licorice, black tea and maduro tobacco. The long finish lets it all hang together nicely. Drink now through 2015.
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Austere and mineral, this is a tight wine, held by bonds of tannin. The structure is based upon dark plum skins, as well as potentially rich fruit.