En Primeur - In bond per 6x75cl
Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com 91-94/100
The 2018 Quinault L'Enclos is impressive. Creamy and ample, the 2018 stands out for its textural breadth. There is a level of intensity in the 2018 that previous vintages have not achieved, with a balance of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc that is striking for such a young wine. All of the work the Cheval Blanc team has done here over the last ten years have begun to pay off big time. Half of the property was replanted between 2008 and 2012 with more Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc from Cheval and Merlot on later-ripening rootstock. In the glass, the 2018 Quinault offers a striking interplay of floral and savory aromatic and layered fruit, with ripe, silky tannins that caress a core of plush, plaint fruit and a gorgeous, saline-infused finish. There is a level of precision in the 2018 that is positively breathtaking. April 2019
The high reputation of Ch Quinault l'Enclos is a relatively new phenomenon that developed following the purchase of the property by Alain Raynaud in 1997. Quality soared during this period and a loyal following developed for the estate, to the extent that in 2008 it was purchased by Bernard Arnault and Albert Frere, proprietors of Chateau Cheval Blanc. The technical team from Cheval Blanc have been in charge since that time and the property has been certified as Organic since 2012.
The property extends to 20 hectares almost within the city limits of Libourne on flat sandy/gravel soil over clay and is planted 83% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Some blocks of old vines date back the 1930's and 1950's. Following manual harvest and fermentation in wooden vats the wine undergoes elevage in up to 50% new oak.
|Drink From||2022||Drink To||2030|
|Special occasion, Fine Wine, Wine for the Cellar|