CLOS FOURTET

CLOS FOURTET

SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU
1er Grand Cru Classé
Owner:
Philippe Cuvelier
Manager:
Mathieu Cuvelier
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Clos Fourtet belongs to the elite group of Premier Grand Crus Classés of Saint-Emilion wines in the Bordeaux region. Located just above the limestone quarries on the very edge of the historical and picturesque town of Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO world heritage site, the late-eighteenth century château of Clos Fourtet has a vast underground wine cellar (12 hectares).
CLOS FOURTET

In 1919, Fernand Ginestet bought Clos Fourtet but his family later exchanged it with the Lurton family against a 40% ownership of Château Margaux in 1949. The Lurtons proceeded to enhance the quality of the wine, notably by reducing the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyard, which had trouble ripening on the cold limestone and clay soils, in favour of the more precocious Merlot, the now more traditional grape variety of Saint-Emilion. During the 1980s the property was run by Pierre Lurton before his departure to manage Cheval Blanc.
The current team of the new owner, Philippe Cuvelier, is headed by Tony Ballu and Matthieu Cuvelier, with since 2001 the help of Stéphane Derenoncourt. It has further fine-tuned the wine by careful work in the vineyard to reduce yields and harvest the selected grapes in small cagettes or crates, and by fermenting the harvest from each plot separately.

Clos Fourtet’s nineteen hectares of vines begin at the edge of the town, on the limestone plateau with a topsoil of clay.

The style of wine at Clos Fourtet has been one of plump berry fruit, but recent changes have brought more elegance and focus.