It is my good fortune that my father-in-law once collected Bordeaux wines, mostly in the later 60s and early 70s. Last week my wife went over to visit and they pulled out some older bottles, tasting a 1970 Chateau Carbonnieux (Cru Classé de Graves A.O.C. Appellation Pessac-Léognan). Before leaving, she suggested that he give me a bottle from my birth year, and he handed over a 1966 Clos Fourtet. Yup, he is a generous man!
Clos Fourtet, previously Château Clos Fourtet and archaichally Camfourtet, is a Bordeaux wine from the appellation Saint-Émilion, ranked Premier grand cru classé B in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine. The Clos Fourtet winery is located in the Right Bank of France’s Bordeaux wine region in the commune of Saint-Émilion, in the department Gironde. The vineyard area extends to 19 hectares, with the grape varieties split between 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. 5,000 cases of the Grand vin Clos Fourtet are produced annually, while 2,500 cases of the second wine Closerie de Fourtet are usually produced.
In 1955 the wines of Saint-Émilion in the wine-growing region of Bordeaux were classified. Unlike the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 covering wines from the Medoc and Graves regions, the Saint-Émilion list is updated every 10 years or so. Following the initial classification, the list was updated in 1969, 1986, 1996 and most recently in 2006. However the 2006 classification was declared invalid following a series of legal actions, and the 1996 version of the classification has been reinstated for the vintages from 2006 to 2009.
It sounds like, dependent on individual bottles, this wine has aged decently and still has some fruit left. Can’t wait to try it, just need to figure out the appropriate occasion.
What kind of occasion would prompt you
to open a 45 year old wine?