Chateau Quinault L’Enclos, located in Saint Emilion, is situated in the city of Libourne. However, the estate was not always considered a part of the Saint Emilion appellation. Prior to 1973, Quinault L’Enclos was actually part of the satellite appellation of Sables St. Emilion. The winery was renovated and some of the vineyards were replanted by Alain Raynaud who acquired it in 1997. In 2008 Alain Raynaud sold Quinault L’Enclos to the owners of Chateau Cheval Blanc , Bernard Arnault and Albert Frere. Today, Pierre Lurton and the team from Cheval Blanc manage Quinault L’Enclos.
I decided to open this bottle after reading on WineBerserkers that many of the 05’s from Saint Emilion are not aging well. The wine was decanted for an hour.
Violet in color. A touch cloudy. 14% ABV. Traditional nose of red fruits, tobacco, graphite and roasted herbs. Medium to full body with nice balance. Cherries, currants, cassis and a dose of wood on the palate. There are drying tannins on a long finish. Just one data point but there is nothing here that sets off alarm bells about the 05’s from the Right Bank. Drink over the next 4-6 years.
My rating: 90 points.
Current vintages including the ’14 and ’15 are worth searching out and attractively priced at $35 or so per bottle.
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