Clos Fourtet 2018 has been released at €81.60 per bottle ex-negociant, a 13.3% increase on the 2017’s opening price of €72. It is being offered by the international trade for £1,008 per 12×75, up 14.5% in sterling terms on the 2017 release of £880 per case.
Regarding today’s release, Antonio Galloni (Vinous) said: “One of the wines of the vintage, the 2018 Clos Fourtet is positively stunning”. He awarded it a barrel range of 94-97 points.
James Suckling (96-97) also thought the wine was “exciting” and described it as “full-bodied yet focused and super dynamic”. Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate) gave it a similar range of 95-97 points and praised its “amazing texture of soft, plush tannins and oodles of freshness supporting the layer upon layer of berries and spices”.
The Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth also liked the wine, scoring it 96-99 points, and commented on its minerality that “steals the show in the end”.
Prices for Clos Fourtet are 76% correlated to our ‘Benchmark Critic’ series. With this price tag, today’s release represents ‘Fair Value’ for followers of Suckling and Perrotti-Brown but stands slightly above the implied line for those considering Galloni’s score.
The physical 2016 also looks attractive with 96 points from Neal Martin and currently available at a small discount.
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Our Bordeaux 2018 pages contain everything you need to know about this year’s En Primeur campaign, including:
- Critic scores
- Release prices
- Bordeaux 2018 analysis tool [members only]
- The conversation on social media
- Liv-ex’s fair value methodology