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Quinault l'Enclos 2015

SubregionSt Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2015Quinault l'EnclosBT1 \ 012265.001289 NM1229.44444489.0089.00Quinault l'Enclos0.7510
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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Quinault l'Enclos has a rather light and brambly bouquet, understated but nuanced with subtle earthy notes. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly coarse tannin, well judged acidity, a little oaky toward the finish that feels drier than I would like at this stage, certainly drier than when I tasted it just after bottling. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

The 2015 Quinault l'Enclos has an intense bouquet with scents of blackberry and cranberry, less cassis than it showed in barrel, with veins of graphite showing through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, quite a juicy Quinault with fleshy, rounded red fruit. This will require two or three years at least for the new oak to be fully subsumed while I would like just a little more precision and detail to develop on the finish. It needs just a tad more charm. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2035.

Neal Martin, March 2018

The 2015 Quinault L'Enclos includes Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 2009, representing 19% of the total blend, 12% Cabernet Franc and 69% Merlot. They now use larger 500-liter barrels, new oak but larger in size to work on the volume of the mid-palate. Aged in 50% new wood, it has a tightly wound, pure bouquet with intriguing graphite and cedar notes infusing the red berry and cassis fruit, perhaps a little Left Bank in style compared to other vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, extremely well defined, a slightly graininess in texture with that graphite element defining the finish. There is great length here, an extremely fine Quinault L'Enclos that will give a lot of pleasure with just 4-5 years in bottle. Drink 2020-2040

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

A blend of 69% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 19% Cabernet Sauvignon aged exclusively in 500-liter barrels, 50% new, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Quinault l'Enclos opens with expressive black cherries, red currants and black raspberries notes with hints of baking spices, cigar box and bay leaves plus a waft of menthol. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with vibrant red and black fruits, supported by finely grained tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long and spicy. 2020 - 2039

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018

This is the best wine from here ever with very soft and round tannins. Polished and beautiful. Medium to full body, round and soft tannins and a long and flavorful finish. A gorgeous wine with excellent length and drinkability. Drink or hold.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018
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A purity and balance to this year with mineral, lavender and licorice character. Full body yet balanced and super silky. Bright and precise. Best ever.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

The 2015 Quinault L'Enclos is absolutely gorgeous. Sweet floral, savory and espresso notes give it noticeable brightness, energy and verve. Those qualities are further enhanced by the decision to age Quinault entirely in larger 500-liter barrels (50% new) for 12 months. Medium in body, with vibrant red fruit flavors and saline notes that bristle, the 2015 is impossible to resist, even at this early stage. This is a superb showing from Pierre-Olivier Clouet and the team at Cheval Blanc. 2020 - 2035

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018

The 2015 Quinault L'Enclos is absolutely delicious. Bright, floral and nuanced, the 2015 shows off lovely class throughout. The expressive aromatics and underlying salinity are both deeply suggestive of Cabernet Franc, even though Franc is just 12% of the blend. The 2015 is a super-sexy Saint-Émilion that will drink well with minimal cellaring. This is pure finesse.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

Tasted blind. Mid crimson. Neat, fresh and rich on the nose. Luscious and polished with lots of juice. Attractive, spicy, fleshy drink in which the fruit triumphs over the tannin. Good wine for relatively early drinking. 14%
Drink 2023-2036

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019

Very gentle tannins. Really perfumed. Very sweet on the palate. Very different from the old days.
Drink 2023-2030

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

This 28 hectare Saint Emilion property in the suburbs of Libourne has recently changed hands and is now under the same ownership as Cheval Blanc. Wine-making has 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 (450 litre) barrels which are 50% new, and 50% one year old. This gives the wine a less oaky taste than under the old regime and the wines produced here now are much more in the sophisticated, silky Cheval Blanc style. Much improved, yet modestly priced. Bright ruby colour with a pure cherry and plum fruit nose. The palate is silky and sweet with black chocolate and coffee overlayed by black cherry fruit. This is very polished and smooth, and will prove excellent for early drinking.

Farr Vintners, March 2016

A ripe, heady, blockbuster styled beauty, the 2015 Château Quinault l'Enclos (69% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) reveals a deep purple color as well as super ripe (but not overripe) notes of blackcurrants, Asian spices, cherries, and earth. With full-bodied richness, high, yet sweet tannin, and an incredible texture that seemed to improve every time I came back to the glass, it’s already beautifully but will keep for 15-20 years. 2018 - 2038

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

Ripe on the nose the palate has sweetness and depth dark chocolate under the rich fruit. Polished with fine tannins the richness at the back is balanced by underlying freshness the finish has length and elegance. 2022-33

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

The best vintage yet under LVMH’s ownership, 2015 is marked by the high percentage of
Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, giving the wine energy, perfume and structure. Aromatic,
leafy and well balanced with grassy freshness and well-integrated oak. Drink: 2022-30

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

The nose is dark, full and dry and the palate follows this theme, but it never gets out of hand. Not perhaps as complex
as I would like, and rather short, having said this it is fresh and bright, reflecting its cool September. It is rather more
refreshing than the warmer 2009 and more reflective of the 2010, but not quite as complex.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016
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