1998 - Clos Fourtet 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Clos Fourtet
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2004 - 2016
Case size
12x75cl
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1998 CLOS FOURTET 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Clos Fourtet
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2004 - 2016
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,292.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 2001,
    Score: 90

    A strong effort from Clos Fourtet, the dark ruby/purple-colored 1998 offers pure blackberry and cherry aromas with subtle wood and licorice in the background. Medium-bodied, exceptionally pure, with low acidity as well as silky tannin, this sexy offering is ideal for drinking now and over the next 14-15 years. Drink: 2001 - 2016.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2000,
    Score: 88-90

    This is an elegant, suave, concentrated, dark plum/purple-colored wine with complex notes of cassis, vanilla, and assorted black fruits in its bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, with the tannin nicely obscured by the glycerin and fruit concentration, this is a pure, excellent, possibly outstanding effort displaying the vintage's power and tannic structure. However, the tannin is sweet, not astringent or vegetal. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2016.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 1999,
    Score: 88-90

    An obvious, richly fruity style of St.-Emilion, Clos Fourtet is impeccably well-made. The ruby-colored 1998 is fruit-driven, medium-bodied, corpulent, and exuberant. Glorious fruit, sweet oak, and stony mineral scents make for an attractive wine that can be drunk immediately after bottling, as well as over the next 10-15 years. Drink: 1999 - 2014.

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Producer

Clos Fourtet

Unusually titled for a Bordelais property, Clos Fourtet gets its name from "Camp Fourtet" as it was originally used as a Medieval fort to protect the town of St Emilion.

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.