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May 13, 2013

Clos Fourtet 2012 En Primeur

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Clos Fourtet is another chateau that has provided excellent prices versus quality in 2012. Located in St Emilion and boasting 85% Merlot this chateau continues to punch above it’s weight. It only produces 5000 cases a year and scored 100 Parker Points in 2009 and 98 Points in 2010. The estate has the world famous Stephane Derenoncourt as a consultant. One should not let this great offer become lost in the noise of this years releases. Clos Fourtet is a wonderful estate, one favoured by Robert Parker and for 93-95 points we believe that at £500 for a full case this is very good value.

The 2012 Clos Fourtet was cropped at 32 hectoliters per hectare and achieved 14% natural alcohol. The final blend was 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. It offers an opaque dense purple color along with attractive blackberry, licorice, truffle and cassis fruit notes. It is full-bodied and dense with an authoritative mid-palate, sweet tannin and a layered mouthfeel that builds incrementally into a stunningly long finish. Precocious and charming already, it will drink better at an earlier age than the massive, prodigious 2009. Drink this killer St.-Emilion over the next 15+ years. 93-95 Parker Points