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Chateau Quinault l'Enclos 2019 Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe

Chateau Quinault l'Enclos 2019 Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe

94
James Suckling
93
Decanter Magazine

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  • 94 Points
  • Organically farmed
  • Same management as Yquem and Cheval Blanc
  • "lavorful and fine."
  • "with strength and precision"

About Chateau Quinault l'Enclos 2019 Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe

The chateau was renovated and parts of the vineyard were replanted by Alain Raynaud who acquired it in 1997. Another change made by Alain Raynaud was a move from mechanical harvesting to picking by hand. Pierre Lurton, famous for running esteemed properties like Château d’Yquem in addition to Château Cheval Blanc, now oversees much of the operations on the vineyard.  In 2012, they earned their certification for being completely 100% Organic.  In 2014, Château Quinault l’Enclos also began to include Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend for the first time.  The property is planted in one single parcel, which is unusual considering the vineyard is approximately 20-hectares.
 
Château Quinault l’Enclos has a warmer microclimate than a lot of the Right Bank region, and in accordance with that, they often harvest a bit earlier than other properties.  The reason they do this is to avoid producing a jammy, overripe sort of wine.  The grapes are vinified in wood vats, and the wine is aged in 50% new French oak barrels for up to 18 months.
 
James Suckling scored this 94 points saying "This has linear, very fine tannins that make it minerally and long. Medium body. Dark fruit with lavender and violet undertones. Very fresh acidity. Flavorful and fine. 74% merlot, 14% cabernet sauvignon and 12% cabernet franc."
 
Decanter Magazine scored this 93 points saying "This has intense aromatics and supple tannins. A little subdued at first, then the floral side begins to burgeon out of the glass. Supple and fresh, nuanced blue and red berry fruits, with strength and precision. Harvest September 10 to October 2. A yield of 41hl/ha. Aged in 500l casks and larger 20hl foudres, 50% new oak. (Drink between 2025-2040)"
 

Wine Details

  • Alcohol % 14.5%
  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type Red
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • Appellation Saint-Émilion

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