The richness of an unctuous and spicy Grand Cru Classe of Saint-Emilion
A Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe on the right bank of Bordeaux, Chateau Quinault L’Enclos enjoys a beautiful location, near the city of Libourne.
The estate expands over a 19-hectare vineyard planted on a fantastic terroir. For ten years, Chateau Quinault L'Enclos has been led by the team of the prestigious Chateau Cheval Blanc.
A vintage of challenges marked by strong climatic contrasts, 2018 will nevertheless be remembered as a great year at the property. The heavy rains of the beginning of the year generated significant mildew pressure. But the precision and attention paid to the vines by the technical teams of the property saved Chateau Quinault L’Enclos from mildew. The beautiful summer that settled in July, followed by an ideal September, allowed for a perfect ripening of the fruit, which showed a fantastic concentration.
Blending Merlot (71.5%), Cabernet Sauvignon (14.5%) and Cabernet Franc (14.5%), the Chateau Quinault L'Enclos 2018 expresses the grandeur of the terroir of Saint-Emilion, where it was born.
An intensely expressive and fruity aromatic bouquet reveals beautiful black fruit notes with blackberry and cherry, evolving spicy and peppery notes, punctuated with delicate floral fragrances. On the palate, the wine shows great precision and a straightforward quality. Unctuous and generous, the wine displays a wide, rich texture, balanced by a lively acidity. The wine persists for a long time on the finish, while preserving a crunchy, juicy fruitiness. A beautiful vintage of Quinault L'Enclos, accessible in its youth but also promising a wonderful potential for age.
Parker : 92-94 / 100
J. Suckling : 93-94 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
This a very gravelly soil with great drainage, but 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, 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 is blended of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc with 50% new oak and the rest in one-year-old barrels--but only 500-liter and foudres. Deep purple-black in color, it slips seductively out of the glass with notions of warm plums, blueberry preserves and mulberries with touches of spice box, tilled soil, black olives and licorice plus a waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with muscular black fruit and licorice sparks, framed by rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with a peppery kick.