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CHATEAU PASTOURELLE DE CLERC MILON 2012 - Pauillac - France - Red Wine

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   chateau quinault l'enclos                                                                                                                  

Country : France
Region : Bordeaux - Saint-Emilion
Type : Red
Year : 2015
Volume : 75 cl

WINE CRITICS 95 points Jeb Dunnuck
Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (11/2017).  

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Outer quote mark 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. (LPB) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

93 points James Suckling
Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (2/2018)

93 points Vinous
Outer quote mark 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. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast
Outer quote mark This wine has soft fruit with the hints of dark tannins and acidity. A good proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon gives black currant flavors and bright acidity with attractive freshness in the aftertaste. Inner quote mark (4/2016)

ABOUT THE WINERY : Chateau Quinault L’Enclos 2015 was originally bought back to life by Alain Reynaud (former president of the Union des Grands Crus) who purchased it in 1997, saving it from a new housing development.

Its history is largely unknown, but the estate is thought to have originated in the 17th Century. The vines on Quinault L’Enclos are actually some of the oldest in Saint-Émilion, and many are close to 50 years old. The vineyard itself is walled, and situated on gravel, sand and clay soils planted in 83% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Reynaud produced a sweet, forward, supple style that would drink well in the first 10-15 years. In 2008, the property was sold to Bernard Arnault and Albert Frère (owners of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy), who also own Château Cheval Blanc and Chateau d’Yquem. With the change in ownership came a change of style, the wines now offering more purity, less oak treatment and increased aging potential.

Chateau Quinault L’Enclos is now unquestionably one of the star estates in St-Emilion. It is a St-Emilion Grand Cru property and is owned by Dr Alain Raynaud and his wife Françoise with cult oenologists, Michel Rolland and Denis Dubourdieu, acting as consultants. Quinault l’Enclos’s spanking new cuverie and chai are located in the heart of the town of Libourne with the 18-hectare vineyard being very close to the Pomerol boundary.

The average age of the vines is high (60-70 years) and the wine is now a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Quinault l’Enclos is matured in 100% new oak barrels for 18 months and is bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Chateau Quinault L’Enclos is best enjoyed in the first 3-15 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour to 90 minutes. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.