Almost touching the medieval town of Saint-Emilion, Clos Fourtet's 18th century château was built on the site of a fortress that long provided protection from northern invaders.
The estate has a magnificent clay-limestone and aeolian sand terroir, as well as spectacular limestone cellars carved out of solid rock.
The wine is aged in barrel for a year after malolactic fermentation, which also takes place in barrel.
Clos Fourtet was sold to Philippe Cuvelier by the Lurton family.
The wine is full-bodied and well-balanced in style, and often shows mineral characteristics. Since early 2000, viticulture at Clos Fourtet has been conducted according to organic principles based on advice from Stéphane Derenoncourt and Jean-Claude Berrouet, with green cover gradually being extended to the entire vineyard.
Clos Fourtet had a rather mediocre reputation in the 70s and 80s. However, this wine has improved markedly and is a pearl among the Premiers Grands Crus Classés B - even if Clos Fourtet does not yet have the same media coverage as some of its peers.
The quality of Clos Fourtet since the beginning of this decade is remarkable, thanks in no small part to consulting oenologist Stéphane Derenoncourt.
Clos Fourtet is a beautiful wine.
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