Clos Fourtet Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

9.215 ratings on Delectable
$189

This estate has come back strongly under new ownership, and the quality of the wines now exhibits the tremendous potential of this extraordinary terroir on the limestone plateau just outside the walls of St.-Emilion. Sampled three times from bottle, the 2003 Clos Fourtet is the finest wine I have ever tasted from this estate. Made in a full-bodied, extravagantly rich style, it is just beginning to close down, but it is easy to see the layers of concentrated black cherry, plum, and licorice-infused fruit. There is also a subtle hint of charcoal as well as loads of mineral, flower, blackberry, and creme de cassis characteristics. This full-flavored, opulent, glycerin-filled 2003 offers impressive richness, silky tannin, and a long, 45+ second finish... Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Coravining this taste to see if it's appropriate for tomorrow nights Plate & Bottle dinner. This is why you want to own a Coravin! Hedy is a good friend and if she wanted to open her own restaurant, she'd likely earn at least one Michelin star and perhaps two. Deciding if this 03 Clos Fourtet is going to work with her rosemary filet mignon. I'm thinking this is going to work nicely with her entree. The 03 Clos Fourtet is in a very good spot right now. Perfect bottle evolution. The nose has dark cassis, wild berries with spice and soy sauce. The palate is elegant dark cherries, olallieberries, blueberries, touch of dried plum, dry florals, sage, parsley, loamy soils, crushed dry rocks, stones, leather, pine tar, dry underbrush, dark moist soil, spice-box, structure, length, tension and balance all in perfect harmony. The acidity rains on the palate and it's ripe to dry spiced plum finish lasts and lasts. Add notes with the steak tomorrow night. This wine comes from a warm vintage and it's style while Bordeaux leans a little more toward Napa. It's a beautiful wine. So, elegant and beautiful that it was truly better enjoyed on it pure merits.

Coravining this taste to see if it's appropriate for tomorrow nights Plate & Bottle dinner. This is why you want to own a Coravin! Hedy is a good friend and if she wanted to open her own restaurant, she'd likely earn at least one Michelin star and perhaps two. Deciding if this 03 Clos Fourtet is going to work with her rosemary filet mignon. I'm thinking this is going to work nicely with her entree. The 03 Clos Fourtet is in a very good spot right now. Perfect bottle evolution. The nose has dark cassis, wild berries with spice and soy sauce. The palate is elegant dark cherries, olallieberries, blueberries, touch of dried plum, dry florals, sage, parsley, loamy soils, crushed dry rocks, stones, leather, pine tar, dry underbrush, dark moist soil, spice-box, structure, length, tension and balance all in perfect harmony. The acidity rains on the palate and it's ripe to dry spiced plum finish lasts and lasts. Add notes with the steak tomorrow night. This wine comes from a warm vintage and it's style while Bordeaux leans a little more toward Napa. It's a beautiful wine. So, elegant and beautiful that it was truly better enjoyed on it pure merits.

9.4

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

Maybe not displaying the broadest range of flavors, but miraculously no raisination given the vintage.

Maybe not displaying the broadest range of flavors, but miraculously no raisination given the vintage.

8.9

David Eckert Delectable Pro

Early but what the heck. This deep dark bad boy is a bit tightly wound out of the gate, but will not disappoint. Anise, blackberry notes.

Early but what the heck. This deep dark bad boy is a bit tightly wound out of the gate, but will not disappoint. Anise, blackberry notes.

9.5

Tan Ernest

Dark deep purple with long legs and overall resembling a much younger wine. The nose was perfumed with dark fresh fruits and liquorice with an underlying smokiness. On the palate, this gave away its vintage with lots ripe black fruits and hints of chocolate. Full-bodied with robust alcoholic base balanced by rounded well-integrated tannins giving a nice grippy long finish.

Dark deep purple with long legs and overall resembling a much younger wine. The nose was perfumed with dark fresh fruits and liquorice with an underlying smokiness. On the palate, this gave away its vintage with lots ripe black fruits and hints of chocolate. Full-bodied with robust alcoholic base balanced by rounded well-integrated tannins giving a nice grippy long finish.

9.2

Swii Yii Lim

Cherries, vanilla, and tobacco. Classic, with some leather. Not bad, but barest whiff of TCA. Is this a root day?!

Cherries, vanilla, and tobacco. Classic, with some leather. Not bad, but barest whiff of TCA. Is this a root day?!

8.8

Ken Kailin

From magnum, a wow wine., rich round sweet blackberries, smoke, and he so spices. Long rich sweet creamy and dense. Velvet in the moth. Yum. Drinks great!

From magnum, a wow wine., rich round sweet blackberries, smoke, and he so spices. Long rich sweet creamy and dense. Velvet in the moth. Yum. Drinks great!

9.5

Neil Shah

Paly

Paly

9.1

James Cahill

Not often I buy 3 cases of any wine but I went deep on the '03 and have never looked back! It's lost some of its playful labrador puppy presence but so far I'm liking this next phase of development just as much.

Not often I buy 3 cases of any wine but I went deep on the '03 and have never looked back! It's lost some of its playful labrador puppy presence but so far I'm liking this next phase of development just as much.