The 2014 Quinault L’Enclos has meat and dried blood-infused red fruit on the nose, possibly with some expressive Cabernet Franc in the mix. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly green tannins on the entry that are framed by fresh black fruit. There is fine tension and a sense of energy conveyed by the finish and it should age well. Time to raise my score. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2035
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018|
The 2014 Quinault l'Enclos, which was the first vintage to utilize larger 500-liter barrels and also the first to utilize the newly planted Cabernet Sauvignon to lend structure. Now in bottle, this Saint Emilion has an attractive bouquet with brambly red berry fruit, predominantly raspberry preserve and a touch of loganberries. The oak here is neatly folded into the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannin on the entry. Although the Cabernet Sauvignon does lend more backbone, I was quite surprised how approachable this Quinault l'Enclos is, partly because of the growing season. It is certainly harmonious, without enormous depth or grip, the dash of black pepper on the finish a pleasing way to finish off. Drink Date 2018-2029
|Score: 90||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017|
The Château Quinault l’Enclos 2014 is a blend of 69% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc. Incidentally, there is now some Cabernet Sauvignon on the gravel soils that was planted in 2009. There is a second change here apropos the size of the barrels – 500-liters instead of 225-liters as they do not desire oaky notes on the nose. The nose is sensual, rounded and generous with a light sea spray influence that lends complexity. The palate is medium-bodied, structured and masculine with good density, though I was seeking a little more flesh and finesse towards the spicy, broody finish. That may come with barrel age. We will see. I will remain parsimonious with my score for now. Drink: 2018 - 2030
|Score: 88/90||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
Aromas of flowers, stones and hints of tobacco. Medium-bodied, very fine and pretty. The 18% cabernet sauvignon and 13% cabernet franc make the difference. Coolest Quinault ever. Drink or hold.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017|
This shows lots of fruit and structure with juicy fruit, velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. This has 18% cabernet sauvignon and it makes a difference, 13% cabernet franc and the rest merlot. They also aged a large percentage in 500 lters. This shows depth.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015|
The 2014 Quinault L'Enclos is all finesse. Expressive Cabernet Franc signatures make a strong first impression. Silky and nuanced on the palate, with lovely persistence, the 2014 hits all the right notes. Sweet tobacco, floral and savory notes continue to open up as the 2014 shows off its allure and total sensuality. This is a terrific showing from the Cheval Blanc technical team led by Pierre Olivier Clouet.
|Score: 91||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017|
Tasted blind. Looks a little thin at the rim. Smells herbal. Good front palate attack and not overdone. Some may reproach this for being too simple but the balance is good. Very clean and healthy.
|Score: 16+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018|
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. The vineyard is planted with 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Elevage is in double sized barrels which are two thirds new, and one third one year old. 45,000 bottles will be made. 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 69% Merlot. Medium ruby colour. Fresh red fruits and vanilla on the nose with a gentle layer of spice. The palate is light, pure and fresh with silky tannins. There is sweet spice from creamy new oak and juicy blueberry and red cherry fruit. Very smooth and elegant rather than powerful. Good balance.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, March 2015|
Fresh, if a bit on the lighter side. Light incense and black tea details lead into gentle-edged raspberry and damson plum coulis flavors. The silky finish picks up light mint and savory hints. Drink now through 2024. 3,500 cases made.
|Score: 89||James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017|
Floral fresh and red fruited the nose is quite light but the palate richer and sweeter. There is a balancing freshness at the back a mix of red fruits the finish fragrant with a nice length of flavour. 2019-29
|Score: 88/91||Derek Smedley MW, April 2015|
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015|
|Score: 88||Decanter Magazine, April 2015|