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Quinault l'Enclos 2012

SubregionSt Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2012Quinault l'EnclosBT70210.001288 RP8423.33333333333388.0088.00Quinault l'Enclos0.75
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Tasting Notes

This property, discovered and resurrected by Dr. Alain Raynaud, was acquired by Chateau Cheval Blanc and with a few refinements as well as a label change, the quality of the terroir (within the city limits of Libourne) continues to impress. Richly fruity, spicy and earthy, with attractive black cherry and currant fruit, this medium-bodied wine has soft tannins and seems ideal for drinking over the next 7-10 years. Drink: 2015 - 2025

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

The wine reveals a bright, flowery, berry fruitiness with hints of roasted herbs, damp earth, raspberries and cherries. Surprisingly, the alcohol hit 14% in this medium-bodied blend of 80% Merlot and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc. Yields were extremely tiny, only 23 hectoliters per hectare because of the poor flowering in spring. This offering may put on a little weight as its mid-palate needs to fill out, but it is an elegant, attractive example of Quinault. It will require consumption during its first 10-12 years of life.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013

A blend of 81% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, picked from 26th September until 8th October. Flowering was very difficult and there was a lot of coulure, so yields were just 25hl/ha. There is certainly a great presence on the nose that kind of, looms into your senses. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, slightly gritty tannins. It is very pure and focused with a touch of black pepper on the finish. This has good potential. Tasted April 2013.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013

The 2012 Quinault L'Enclos is a forward, open-knit wine with considerable near and medium-term appeal. Sweet tobacco, spices, blood orange, white pepper, crushed flowers and plums meld together in the 2012 Quinault L'Enclos. Sexy, radiant and supple, the 2012 is quite open today. The pliant, creamy finish adds to an overall impression of finesse. This is a gorgeous 2012. Drink 2016-2032.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2015

Deep crimson. Lovely fruit sweetness, almost red fruited. Deliciously rich without weight. Very pure fruit and thick silky tannins. Very fresh too. Lively and juicy but not in the least simple. Very fine fresh ripeness. A step up in quality from 2011. (JH)

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013

This Saint Emilion property in the suburbs of Libourne has recently changed hands and is now under the same ownership as Cheval Blanc. Wine-making seems to have changed too with a much more subtle style being produced. 2012 was the first organically produced vintage here with yields from the old vines down to 20 hl/ha. The Cabernet Sauvignon has been eliminated with the final blend 81% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc. Smooth, creamy and plush. This is a good, polished effort with lots of vanilla, plums and cherry fruit. Certainly a touch of Cheval Blanc class to it now.

Farr Vintners, March 2013

Hedgerow berries on the nose give a lovely mix of flavours. The fruit is sweet the mid palate quite rich with a nice depth of flavour but then towards the back there is an appealing mineral freshness with lots of red cherry and bramble on the finish 2016-26

Derek Smedley MW, May 2013

This is now the fourth vintage of this wine under the Cheval Blanc team and their work continues
to impress, using organic techniques to make a fine with finesse and elegance from deep gravel
soils. Aromatic, spicy and floral with notes of clove, supple red fruits and subtle oak.
Drink: 2018-26

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2013
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