This has very fresh, lively and attractive wet earth and hints of black truffle and violets. The palate has a very deep, plush and velvety texture with a very fresh and fluid tannin structure, carrying long and fresh. The tannins build on the palate. Blue fruit abounds here, full of pleasure and promise. Try from 2023.
|Score: 98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019|
The 2016 Château Enclos Tourmaline is a monster of a wine that comes from a tiny one-hectare parcel located just across the road from Clinet. The wine is 100% Merlot brought up all in new oak (it hit 14.5% natural alcohol). It’s a magical effort that offers a saturated purple color to go with notes of blueberries, blackberry liqueur, graphite, and crushed rocks. Still tight and compact on the palate, it has flawless integration of its fruit, tannins, and acidity, full-bodied richness, lots of ripe tannins, and a huge finish. This brilliant wine should be at its peak from 2024 to 2054. It’s worth pointing out that the vineyard manager and winemaker is the talented Jérôme Aguirre who gets consulting advice from Michel Rolland. Bravo to both individuals for this awesome wine.
|Score: 98||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019|
The 2016 Enclos Tourmaline was fermented entirely in 100% new 225-liter French oak barrels and it was aged for 20 months. Deep garnet-purple colored, it features baked plums, Black Forest cake and exotic spices with cigar box and menthol. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm, grainy and fresh with great muscle in the mid-palate, finishing long and spicy. 250 cases produced.
Drink Date: 2022 - 2052
|Score: 96+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (interim en), November 2018|
The 2016 Enclos Tourmaline, from vines opposite the original winery at Clinet, has a pure, perfumed bouquet of black cherries, blueberry and truffle aromas that retain impressive delineation. The palate is well balanced with fine tannin, very fine acidity and a surprisingly elegant, almost languorous finish that I find appealing. This is a superb Pomerol that will give 20 years of drinking pleasure. Drink 2022-2045
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Enclos Tourmaline is pure Merlot cropped at 50 hectoliters per hectare and matured in new oak. It has a beautiful bouquet with black cherries, crushed violets and just a hint of licorice that is very well defined and gains intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine delineation, good weight in the mouth with a fine line of acidity. One bottle felt a little pinched, but a second was much more refined and demonstrated superb detail and focus on the finish, with a gorgeous saline/black pepper aftertaste. My score reflects that second showing.
Drink Date 2023 - 2045
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
This is very close in quality to the great 2015. Full body yet complex and layered. Very refined. Fine grained tannins. Super tight. A real beauty here. Only 3,000 (bottles). Beautiful follow up. Second vintage.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Enclos Tourmaline has blossomed into a beautiful wine. Dark cherry jam, mocha and wild flowers all develop in this gorgeous, vibrant Pomerol. The interplay of fruit intensity, aromatic depth and energy makes for a captivating, arrestingly beautiful wine. Sensual and impeccable in its balance, Enclos Tourmaline is a winner in 2016. Enclos Tourmaline emerges from a single parcel that is part of Peter Kwok's La Patache estate. Drink 2022-2036.
|Score: 93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019|
The 2016 Enclos Tourmaline is round, sensual and polished, offering striking fruit purity, no hard edges and terrific overall balance. Black cherry, chocolate, French oak and licorice give the wine its deep, unctuous personality. Voluptuous and racy, with ripe fruit and silky tannins, the 2016 possesses tons of intensity and richness in a very ripe style that is brought out further by vinification in new French oak barrels. Enclos Tourmaline emerges from a single parcel that is part of La Patache. Michel Rolland is the consultant. Tasted two times.
|Score: 89/92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
This micro-cuvée is produced from four tiny plots on the Pomerol plateau totalling 1 hectare. One plot is in front of Clinet, one in front of La Fleur Petrus, one between Le Pin and Trotanoy and the other next to Rouget. This property is owned by Peter Kwok, who bought it as "Cornaline" in 2011. It is produced only in great vintages (no 2013 was produced). Michel Rolland is consulting and Jean Cristophe Meyrou, formerly of La Violette and Le Gay, is the head winemaker. The vineyard is 100% organic, and the wine, made from 100% Merlot grapes, is micro-vinified with whole berry fermentation in 100% new oak. Annual production is a miniscule 3000 bottles. Black cherry, plums, damsons and exotic star anise and nutmeg on the nose. The palate is silky smooth with incredibly chocolatey kirsch flavours and supple tannins. Fine, long, and plush with no hard edges on the finish.
|Score: 17.5+||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
Brooding black fruit richness the start of the palate is sweet with ripe plums and concentrated black cherry. Fine tannins the opulent richness balanced by fresh fruits lighter at the back quite firm but it fills out on the finish with ripe plum richness. 2026-41
|Score: 93/96||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
Produced from 100% Merlot and completely vinified in barrel, the wine shows a deep intensity of color. Intense floral notes combined with black raspberries, plum and earth with the right of chocolate in the finish, giving the wine more of a fat, sensuous, opulent nature. The fruits are sweet, with a strong sense of purity, freshness and energy. Open and expressive, this vintage shows the wine is a vintage on the upswing. The harvest took place October 4 and October 5. The wine reached 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.8.
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|Score: 95||Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider, April 2017|