Clos Fourtet 1995
Tasting Notes Clos Fourtet 1995
A very fine effort from Clos Fourtet, the 1995 exhibits a medium dark plum color, followed by sweet black cherry and kirsch fruit intertwined with minerals and toasty oak. Tightly wound on the palate, with medium body, excellent delineation and purity, and a spicy finish with plenty of grip, this example has closed down considerably since bottling, but it does possess excellent sweetness and depth. However, the tannin is more elevated, so this 1995 will require patience. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018.
A deep brick rim with some mahogany hues tincturing the core. The bouquet is certainly a different creature to the later vintages: less oaky, leather, a little more herbaceous, a touch of bay leaf and black pepper. There is an odd scent of glue that develops after 15 minutes in the glass. Certainly more attractive than the '90 Clos Fourtet and yet the finish never really delivers, lacking the weight that the vintage offered, a little leathery and peppery with a very foursquare, almost dour, pointed finish. A bit ordinary. Drink now-2010. Tasted July 2008.