Chateau Clos Fourtet 1982
Chateau Clos Fourtet 1982 is planted to 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard and chateau are situated only a stones throw from the village of St. Emilion, right on top of the limestone plateau. The terroir is limestone and clay soils. They have 19 hectares of vineyards planted with Merlot (72%), Cabernet Franc (22%) and Cabernet Sauvignon(6%). The wine is vinified traditionally and is aged in oak barriques (60-70% new) for 18 months. It is bottled unfiltered.
Clos Fourtet is a St. Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé property located just outside the entrance to the town. It is distinguished by its beautiful ivy-covered manor house and some of the most extensive underground cellars in the region.
They had several owners over the years and underwent a mini-renaissance under the stewardship of the Lurtons in the latter half of the last century. Pierre Lurton was the winemaker who really established the property`s reputation as one of the finest on the St. Martin plateau. He left to become winemaker at Cheval Blanc and was replaced by Daniel Alard. In January 2001, Clos Fourtet was bought by Paris businessman Phillipe Cuvelier.
Clos Fourtet, previously Château Clos Fourtet and archaically Camfourtet, is a Bordeaux wine from the appellation Saint-Émilion, ranked Premier grand cru classé B in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine. The winery is located in the Right Bank of France’s Bordeaux wine region in the commune of Saint-Émilion, in the department Gironde.
They did not start out as Bordeaux wine estate. Even with its picture perfect terroir, due to its proximity to the St. Emilion village was built for use as a defensive fort called Camfourtet during the middle ages. Camfourtet can be loosely translated to Camp Fort. In the late 18th century, the property was owned by Elie de Carle, who also owned Chateau Figeac at the same time. The chateau on the property today was constructed by the Rulleau family. The Rulleau’s were also responsible for evolving the name from Camfourtet to Clos Fourtet in 1868.