2010 Chateau Quinault l 'Enclos (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 88-91
Wine Advocate: 90-92
Jeff Leve: 90-92
James Suckling: 91-92
Red Wine


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"Rounded and accessible in feel, with bright, floral-tinged blueberry and black cherry fruit. Spice and toast is subtle, and the finish easygoing. Not superdeep, but should knit up well enough." (WS)

"The 2010 sports a new label, since Quinault L’Enclos was purchased from Alain Raynaud and his wife by the owners of Cheval Blanc. Deep ruby/purple, with a little more muscle and power than most previous vintages have possessed, this wine displays notes of black raspberries, black currants, licorice, and some crushed rock. It is classically styled, with moderate tannin to shed, but don’t expect it to be long-lived, since most vintages of Quinault L’Enclos under Dr. Raynaud seemed to hit their peak very quickly, around age 7 to 10, and are probably best drunk in their first 15 years of life." (WA)

"From an assemblage of 70% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and some Malbec for good measure, the team at Cheval Blanc came up with a wine that reached 13.5% alcohol that shows licorice, griotte and earthy scents. The Bordeaux wine end with a fresh, supple, fennel, chocolate and black cherry." (JL)

"Fresh and clean with fine tannins and a blueberry and orange peel character. Peaches too. Long and very pretty. One of the best Quinaults for a long time. 85 percent Merlot, 12 percent Cabernet France and 8 percent Cabernet Sauvignon.$$" (JS)