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Quinault l`Enclos

Tasting Notes


Complex aromas of earth, spice, meat and berries follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, delicious finish. Reserved and full…


While not performing nearly as well as I had hoped, the 2000 Quinault l’Enclos is, nevertheless, an outstanding, fully mature St.-Emilion. Raspberry, black currant, and floral characteristics are accompanied by striking elegance, but less richness and intensity than I noted seven years ago. This wine is evolving quickly, and needs to be consumed over the next 5-7 years.

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The Winery

Quinault l'Enclos

Situated in the city of Libourne in Saint Emilion, Chateau Quinault L’Enclos is an esteemed winery whose origins date back to the Gallo-Roman era. Nearly 20 hectares in size, the winery is known for their Merlot- dominant Grand Vin that come from predominately 45-year-old vines. With the vineyard’s close proximity to the Dordogne River in Bordeaux, the microclimate offers warm temperatures that allow the wines to reach optimal maturity each vintage.

In regards to ownership, the chateau was family-owned until Alain Raynaud of Chateau La Fleur de Gay Pomerol purchased it and replanted most of the vines in 1997. By 2008, Raynaud sold it to the owners of Cheval Blanc who helped modernize and transform the winery. Today, Chateau Quinault L’Enclos is organic, biodynamic, and as of 2014, includes Cabernet Sauvignon into their blend. They produce close to 7,500 cases of wine per year.

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