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Château Quinault l'Enclos 2006, St Emilion Grand Cru

Deep ruby with a tight rim. Generously ripe and dark fruit with round oak tones leading to a creamy finish. ABV is 13.5% pointing to a modern and balanced structure(ABV, Tannins and Acidity) and a palate that reflects the style of the people behind- Dr Alain Raynaud, Michel Rolland and Denis Dubbourdien. 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. While it is not a big wine, there is always some purity, simplicity, intensity and complexity. Quinault l'Enclos is matured in 100% new oak barrels for 18 months and is bottled unfined and unfiltered, hence the creaminess by now.

While this is not a classic cru, Château Quinault l'Enclos is unquestionably one of the star estates in St-Emilion Grand Cru. Quinault l' Enclos's spanking new plant and chai are located in the heart of the town of Libourne, with the 18-hectare vineyard being very close to the Pomerol boundary, hence a little reminiscing the style.

Parker et al. award 92-94 points and write, 'An extraordinarily elegant Quinault with remarkable purity and texture produced in 2006. This blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc achieved 13.5% natural alcohol and enjoys every state-of-the-art winemaking technique, most of them Burgundy-inspired (especially the cold pre-fermentation maceration, malolactic in barrel, and aging on its lees with plenty of batonnage). A top-notch success for proprietor Alain Raynaud and his wife, Francoise, this deep ruby/purple-colored effort exhibits sweet aromas of spring flowers, blueberries, and raspberries. Medium-bodied and layered, with attractive sweetness, ripe tannin, a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, and alcohol, and a long finish, it will drink beautifully in 3-4 years, and should last for 15 or more thereafter.

92/94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007


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