2005 Chateau Quinault l'Enclos (Case of 12)

Year: 2005
Appellation: St. Emilion
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92-95
Vinous Media: 90-93
Red Wine
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"Proprietor Alain Raynaud has produced a beautifully elegant, noble, racy 2005 Quinault l?Enclos that ranks alongside his 1998, 2000, and 2001. A blend of 77% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon (the average age of the vines is 50 years), it was cropped at 32 hectoliters per hectare, and receives the Burgundian treatment of malolactic in barrel, aging on its lees for 6-10 months, and no filtering at bottling. The inky/blue/purple-tinged 2005 reveals a pure nose of charcoal, spring flowers, sweet raspberries, black cherries, and cassis. The wine is gorgeously textured, medium-bodied, and elegant yet intensely flavored with a power and texture that build on the palate. The tannin is sweet, but noticeable, and the finish is long. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030." (WA)

"Medium-deep ruby. Sexy aromas of plum, black raspberry and mocha, along with the iron note I typically find in this wine. Silky on entry, then suave and bright in the middle. Very sophisticated wine with a sneaky penetrating quality and excellent mouth coverage. Finishes with fine, toothcoating tannins and subtle persistence. An excellent vintage for this St. Emilion but by no means a blockbuster." (IWC)