2018 Quinault L`Enclos (St-Emilion)

Origin
St-Emilion, Right bank, Bordeaux FRANCE
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Merlot
Farming Style
organic
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
drink or keep
Bottle Size
37.5cl
Case Quantity
12
Wine Score
88 Points, Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2021 93+ Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, March 2021 93/94 Points, James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com, April 2019 91/94 Points, Antonio Galloni, vincous.com, May 2019 17.5 Points, Julia Harding MW,
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Media Reviews

Neal Martin

The 2018 Quinault L’Enclos was 10% matured in foudres plus 500-liter barrels. It has certainly retained its precocious bouquet of fig-tinged red berry fruit, crushed violets and cassis. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, quite saturated entry and a core of fleshy red fruit. Missing a little complexity, and I find it just a bit cloying on the finish. So-so. 88 Points.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

Quinault l`Enclos comes from off a very gravelly soil with great drainage, but there`s not a lot of water during dry periods. Adeptly produced by the team of Cheval Blanc (who purchased the estate in 2008), the wine nonetheless maintained its poise under the dry and warm ripening conditions of 2018, coming in at a respectable pH of 3.67 and relatively moderate alcohol of 14.1%. The 2018 Quinault l`Enclos has a deep garnet-purple color and beautifully expressed notes of baked black cherries, ripe black plums and boysenberries, plus hints of violets, dark chocolate, star anise and tobacco leaf. The medium-bodied palate has a gorgeous velvety texture and oodles of freshness supporting the perfumed black fruits, finishing long and fragrant. This vintage is a blend of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, aged in 50% new oak and the rest in one-year-old 500-liter barrels and foudres. It is tempting to drink this right now, but give it two years in the cellar for full impact and enjoy it over the next 17+ years.

James Suckling

This is the best Quinault ever for me with beautiful density and depth of fruit. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and intense finish. Lots of fruit, but the tannins hold it together. 93/94 Points.

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