he 2016 Clos Fourtet fulfills the promise shown out of barrel. It bursts from the glass with extremely well-focused, copious blackberry, licorice and undergrowth aromas. Medium-bodied on the palate, displaying finer tannin than the 2015. Beautifully balanced, but – as is typical of this estate – there is real weight and grip toward the finish, which fans out with confidence. Drink 2023-2048.
|Score: 96||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Clos Fourtet is a blend of 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc aged in 60% new oak. It has a generous, well defined licorice-tinged fruit that is very focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, blackberry and boysenberry fruit with that salted licorice theme continuing. This Clos Fourtet has impressive concentration, yet there is real elegance and persistence, fanning out wonderfully towards the finish. Mathieu Cuvelier has overseen another outstanding Clos Fourtet. Tasted twice, with a second bottle demonstrating a tad more backbone but equally admirable.
Drink Date 2023 - 2055
|Score: 95/97||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
Love the dark-berry and intense black-olive and chocolate aromas that follow through to a full body and firm and chewy tannins that deliver a rich and delicious finish. Such polish and, at the same time, finesse. But one of the cellar. A blend of 90 per cent merlot, seven per cent cabernet sauvignon and three per cent cabernet franc. Try from 2022.
|Score: 97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019|
This is a solid and structured 2016 with fabulous density and freshness. Full-bodied yet vibrant and exciting. Wow. We will see.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
Vivid, creamy, ample and explosive in all of its dimensions, the 2016 Clos Fourtet maintains striking aromatic freshness and tension despite its intensity. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The final blend is 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. The 2016 spent about four weeks on the skins. New oak is around 60 percent. This is a superb showing from an estate that has been on a roll. Tasted three times.
|Score: 93/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Very sweet nose. Something a little dead about this sample. Not enough freshness. Smooth tannins but just a bit of lack of life on the mid palate. Obviously ambitious. I'd love to taste another sample. A saliva-sucker.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
Situated in the heart of Saint Emilion, close to Canon, this is one of the great vineyards of the appellation. The 19 hectares of vines are planted with 87% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. 70% new oak is used. Stephane Derenoncourt and J-C Berrouet are consultants here. The 2016 is a blend of 88% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Creamy on the nose with sweet cherry and cassis fruit. The palate is ultra-refined with polished fruit flavours and highly glossy glycerol texutre and very fine and ripe tannins. This is modern, and a little flashy, but it is sumptuous, sweet and hedonistic with star anise, plum and cherry fruit lingering on a long finish.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
One of the gems in the vintage that should be snatched up by readers is the 2016 Château Clos Fourtet. Coming from a magical 20-hectare vineyard located on the upper, limestone-driven plateau just outside Saint-Emilion and a blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Cabernet Franc from small yields of 38 hectoliters per hectare, it spent 16 months in 60% new French oak (and a small portion of the blend saw malo in barrel as well). Its saturated purple color is followed by a monster bouquet of ripe blackberries, cassis, graphite, and crushed rocks, and it picks up more blue fruits, truffle, and limestone minerality with time in the glass. This deep, full-bodied, powerful Saint-Emilion has some similarities to Canon yet is deeper and richer, with a more powerful yet still elegant style. It’s a brilliant bottle of wine to hide for 4-5 years and drink over the following 2-3 decades. 2023 - 2053.
|Score: 97||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019|
Depth on the nose the palate has sweet fruit ripe and fleshy. Integrated discreet tannins the mid palate has some fresh fruits but at the back there is breadth of flavour with supple richness on the finish. 2026-38
|Score: 87/90||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
The sample here was from a new barrel, whereas the finished wine will only have 50% new oak, so this is woodier than it will be in bottle. No matter, as it’s a wonderfully polished wine, with lovely freshness, poise and structure, restrained alcohol, chalky minerality and very fine tannins. 2024-36
|Score: 96||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
This showcases why Clos Fourtet is such a confident, powerful wine. It gets the balance right between the sappy, saline quality of its limestone terroir and yet reflects the ripeness and flashiness of Merlot that makes St-Émilion such a well loved appellation. Excellent, serious quality, cerebral but sexy.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2050
|Score: 96||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|