The 2017 Enclos Tourmaline, a recent arrival on the Pomerol scene after its formation by Peter Kwok, has a very ripe and rather ostentatious bouquet, a slight carbonic quality that detracts from the quality. The palate is a little hard on the entry, the start of a compact and dense Pomerol that does not deliver the same degree of panache and sophistication of the previous two vintages that I have rated highly. It is as if this 2017 is desperate to achieve the same level when it would have been better not to try. Tasted two or three times, it was a wine that needs to manifest more charm and grace by the time it is bottled. Drink 2022 - 2035.
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Enclos Tourmaline (100% Merlot) opens with baked blackberries and black forest cake scents plus underlying spice cake, espresso and preserved plums hints. The medium to full-bodied palate has very firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness supporting the berry preserves flavors, finishing on a spicy note.
|Score: 90/92||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
This is very structured and dense with ripe tannins and an encompassing mouthfeel for the vintage. Full-bodied, layered and rich. Beautiful fruit and intensity. Only 2,500 bottles made.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
The 2017 Enclos Tourmaline is a racy, explosive, voluptuous wine endowed with tremendous depth and pure concentration. The 2017 is not exactly subtle, but it does have plenty of both depth and personality. An infusion of dark cherry, plum, bittersweet chocolate, new French oak, spice and new leather builds as this rich, resonant wine shows off is alluring personality. Tasted three times.
|Score: 89/92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018|
There will only be 2400 produced in 2017 with maturation in 60% new oak. Deep and inky-hued in the glass, this is a very ripe and concentrated style for 2017. With a rich cassis and bramble fruit notes, there are just hints of spiciness and smoke from the oak. The palate has a tannic backbone that is chewy and rich, suggesting quite a heavy extraction. The fruit is reminiscent of wild blackberry and boysenberry, fleshing out through the finish, which has a lively, lifted acidity. This is dense and compact at the moment, and will need time to unfurl.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
Brooding black fruits, the nose is sweet the palate packed with ripe fruit. Dark chocolate is behind the fleshy black plums the tannins rounded adding to the mid suppleness there is a balancing freshness leafy the finish slightly tight. 2025-38
|Score: 89/92||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018|
This is a very concentrated wine with dark chocolate notes and a very intense depth of fruit. It is deep, dark and menacing and there are few aromatic top notes, preferring to concentrate on lower bass notes of flavour. The tannins are firm and commanding but not harsh and the oak cradles the fruit beautifully. This is a very calm and contemplative wine which will age very well and very slowly.
|Score: 18+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|