The Clos Fourtet displays a dense, deep colour for the vintage. Its distinguishing feature is its rare aromatic precision with a nose of black cherries, blackberry liqueur and liquorice subtly mingling
with notes of violets. Full and fleshy in the attack on the palate, it develops gently and sensually. The acidity is low. The tannins are dense and silky, and the lingering finish is fresh with mineral
notes coming through.
"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. It will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and drink well for two decades or more."
The Wine Advocate