Clos Fourtet 1998

St Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classé B

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Tasting Notes

The Clos Fourtet ‘98 is now reaching 15 years old. It offers a lovely ripe, rounded blackberry, mulberry, Chinese tea and incense-scented bouquet that is now fully open. The palate has a sense of femininity on the entry with ebullient red berries, a hint of kirsch and mint towards the ravishing finish. Lovely…such panache. Tasted December 2012.

Score: 91

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 01 December 2012

Compared to the 2000, this has a far more joyous, ebullient nose with perky ripe red-berried fruits, superb definition. Faint hints of liquorice and black olive emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly more red-berried fruit character than ensuing vintages, good acidity, softer than I expected and certainly more approachable than the 2000. The finish is feminine – very supple and lithe with notes of black cherries, a touch of cassis and black plum. This is a great Clos Fourtet – irresistible and pleasurable.

Score: 92

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2010 - 2025 01 July 2008

Wonderful nose. Rich and dense aromas of crushed blackberries, tobacco and light coffee follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a medium finish. Very pretty now.—'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008).

Score: 91

James Suckling, 30 June 2009

Bright red-ruby. Highly perfumed nose combines cherry, raspberry, currant and nutmeg. Dense and silky but also bright and nicely delineated; mint and spice notes contribute to its juicy quality. Finishes with slightly dry but even tannins and very good persistence.

Score: 88

Stephen Tanzer, 01 May 2001

A strong effort from Clos Fourtet, the dark ruby/purple-colored 1998 offers pure blackberry and cherry aromas with subtle wood and licorice in the background. Medium-bodied, exceptionally pure, with low acidity as well as silky tannin, this sexy offering is ideal for drinking now and over the next 14-15 years.

Score: 90

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2001 - 2016 23 April 2001