Clos Fourtet started life as a Middle Ages fort built to protect the town of Saint Emilion. To this day, the walls from that period still enclose the 18th Century manor house of the estate. Winemaking started here during the 1700s however after being owned by several influential wine families in the 20th Century, it wasn’t until Pierre Lurton’s stewardship that the estate formalised its reputation as one of the finest in the region. Lurton left the estate and moved to Cheval Blanc and was replaced by Daniel Alard. In 2001, Clos Fourtet was bought by the Cuvelier family, who also own Chateau Poujeaux. The new owners modernised the cellars and replanted large sections of the vineyards.

The Chateau holdings are situated upon the summit of St. Emilion, where limestone soils offer a superb drainage. This predominance of limestone brings inimitable freshness to the wines which typically display mineral characteristics and delicate tannins. The 20-hectare vineyard is planted mostly to Merlot, with 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 percent Cabernet Franc. Today the average age of vines is around 25 years. The wines of Clos Fourtet are vinified gently using whole uncrushed grapes and with manual pigeage. Ageing takes place in the ancient stone quarries cut out of the rock of the St. Emilion limestone plateau. Typically, the grand vin spends 14-18 months in 50% new barrels, 48% second-fill barrels and 2% amphora and is bottled unfiltered. This Merlot-dominant wine is famed for its combination of elegance and ripe fruit, as well as for its aromatic purity and precision on the palate.

Available Wines

2022 Clos Fourtet Premier Grand Cru Classe B, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 1x150cl

£190/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Aug 2025