The wine has an opaque blue/black color and abundant notes of forest floor, spring flowers, black raspberry and blueberry liqueur in the aromatics along with hints of espresso and white chocolate. The wine is dense, full, rich, unctuously textured and very full-bodied, with its extravagant glycerin, fruit and extract covering the wine’s somewhat tannic structure. This is a bigger, more restrained and structured wine than the outrageously flamboyant and prodigious 2009. (RP)
Very winey, with a saturated, sappy feel as kirsch, blackberry preserves and blueberry coulis notes tumble around, while the frame of charcoal, smoldering tobacco and licorice root keeps them penned together. The tannin structure is significant, but very refined, and that should carry this through extended cellaring while the aromatics and midpalate develop harmony. (JM)
Full medium ruby. Initially a bit stunted on the nose, hinting at blackberry, blueberry, leather and mocha, this opened spectacularly with air to reveal scents of strawberry, flowers and forest floor. Sweet, highly concentrated and deep, with very dark blackberry and bitter chocolate flavors complicated by cabernet franc hints of fresh herbs and licorice. Impressively dense, broad and full, but still a bit youthfully chunky. Finishes with serious but ripe tannins and outstanding length. This extremely impressive wine will need patience. (ST) 94+
This chunky, fruity wine is full bodied and rich. It shows all the structure and weight of the vintage allied to ripe black fruits and a dense texture edged with minerality. Still very firm and youthful, it will need many years to mature.
A beautiful wine, with everything in the bottle. Blackberries, minerals and blueberries. Full and silky. Long, long finish.
Led in the nose by a full measure of fully ripened black cherries and sweetened further be a generous dollop of very nice oak, Clos Fourtet is so outgoing and plushy textured that it is bound to tempt early drinking. While we understand the temptation, we would urge that it be ignored, as this one has the extract and the right structural bones to age comfortably for another decade or two. *Two Stars*
Dense, complex nose. Hint of spice, chocolate, liquorish and dark fruit. Palate rich and concentrated. Plenty of layered fruit. Powerful tannic frame. Long, firm finish. (JL)
Glowing dark crimson. Light, fine, refreshing liquorice notes. Real energy here. Very 2010 in its combination of ripe fruit and ripe tannin. By no means exaggerated. Very persistent. A hint of tar. Dry finish. (JR) 17.5/20
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