Clos Fourtet Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

$195

Clos Fourtet is on a roll, having produced a stunning wine in 2003, and an even more brilliant effort in 2005. Stephane Derenoncourt, the consulting oenologist, has plenty with which to work given the fact that this is a relatively large vineyard (50 acres) planted with 85% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc as well as a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. The inky/blue/purple-colored 2005 boasts an exceptional perfume of acacia flowers, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, graphite, scorched earth, and background oak. The wine possesses a full-bodied texture and abundant quantities of stunningly pure black fruits. The result is a sumptuous St.-Emilion of great concentration, intensity, and overall balance. This prodigious effort looks set for 25-30 years of evolution. Utterly awesome! Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

This is an incredible glass of wine. Give it at least another five years.

This is an incredible glass of wine. Give it at least another five years.

9.7

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

Very stoic and brooding wine. Dark and inky in the glass, creosote and black licorice. Well made but not ready for prime time.

Very stoic and brooding wine. Dark and inky in the glass, creosote and black licorice. Well made but not ready for prime time.

9.0

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik Delectable Pro

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

This is a stunner with an amazing mid-palate, where ripe dark berries intermingle with milk chocolate, spicy oak, roasted herbs and sexy, sweet tannins. Positive development adds partially dried plums and figs; all balanced by a lowish but pure streak of acididy.

This is a stunner with an amazing mid-palate, where ripe dark berries intermingle with milk chocolate, spicy oak, roasted herbs and sexy, sweet tannins. Positive development adds partially dried plums and figs; all balanced by a lowish but pure streak of acididy.

9.5

Tom Kobylarz Delectable Pro

Blindingly good #closfourtet from #2005! @Pascaline Lepeltier

Blindingly good #closfourtet from #2005! @Pascaline Lepeltier

9.5

Robert Cunningham Delectable Pro

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

Wonderful

Wonderful

9.6

Andrew Lampasone Delectable Pro

Owner Wine Watch Selections

A sweet plummy dark cherry fruit with sweet tobacco spice very rich dark coco 2005 wow a blockbuster big and ripe with lots of everything firm structure needs time but has it all finish 50+ most ex. 2008 sweet berry fruit herbs and some dark coco spice. Soft ripe tannins very forward drinkable style but balanced fresh finish 45+ excellent + 2010 80 20 mr cab? Very rich and ripe bouquet sweet plum dark cherry and sweet tobacco spice. Big and chewy with lots of everything very balanced and fresh finish most excellent+ 50+

A sweet plummy dark cherry fruit with sweet tobacco spice very rich dark coco 2005 wow a blockbuster big and ripe with lots of everything firm structure needs time but has it all finish 50+ most ex. 2008 sweet berry fruit herbs and some dark coco spice. Soft ripe tannins very forward drinkable style but balanced fresh finish 45+ excellent + 2010 80 20 mr cab? Very rich and ripe bouquet sweet plum dark cherry and sweet tobacco spice. Big and chewy with lots of everything very balanced and fresh finish most excellent+ 50+

9.3

Michael Dierberg

Enjoyed with parents and good friend at Brasserie by Niche. Parents were not overly impressed but I thought it was not wanting for anything. Very elegant. Opened ahead of time and decanted for about 45 min. Much more open than a few years ago and no need to hold longer.

Enjoyed with parents and good friend at Brasserie by Niche. Parents were not overly impressed but I thought it was not wanting for anything. Very elegant. Opened ahead of time and decanted for about 45 min. Much more open than a few years ago and no need to hold longer.

9.7

Ron Siegel

Black & red berry fruits, cassis, graphite, lead pencil, leather & tobacco. Opulent, polished & balanced with silky tannins.

Black & red berry fruits, cassis, graphite, lead pencil, leather & tobacco. Opulent, polished & balanced with silky tannins.

9.3

DeLaine Emmert

Loving this wine!!!

Loving this wine!!!

9.1

Stan W

Still a baby and super ripe fruit

Still a baby and super ripe fruit

9.2

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