Clos Fourtet Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

9.313 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

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