2016 Chateau Quinault l' Enclos

Year: 2016
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Jeff Leve: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"A fruit-filled version, with waves of warm cassis and raspberry puree infused liberally with anise, incense and tobacco notes. A light bramble edge keeps this just honest enough on the finish. Drink now through 2030. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. -JM" (WS)

"This was the first vintage that technical director Pierre-Olivier Clouet started to exclusively use 500-liter barrels for Quinault l'Enclos, decreasing the surface area to which the wines are exposed and, ultimately, the impact of the oak. The percentage of new oak is around 50%, and the blend is 68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Quinault l'Enclos opens with expressive redcurrants, black raspberries and black cherries scents with savory suggestions of tapenade, dried herbs and tobacco plus a waft of cloves. Medium-bodied, the palate is fantastically bright and lively with loads of red fruit accents and a firm frame of grainy tannins, finishing on an earthy note." (WA)

"The 2016 Quinault L'Enclos is very pretty and also intensely aromatic. Savory herb, mint, dried cherry, mocha and sweet tobacco are all lifted in this super-precise, nuanced Saint-Émilion. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2016 is precise, nuanced and exquisitely beautiful, all in the understated style that is typical here." (VM)

"A juicy and very elegant Quinault, showing hazelnut, dark-berry and cedar character. Medium body, with a lovely, fine-tannin texture and a delicious finish. Drink after 2022." (JS)

"Another fresh, pretty wine from the team at Cheval Blanc, the 2016 Château Quinault l'Enclos has nuanced notes of black cherries, blackberries, leafy herbs, and saddle leather. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced and seamless on the palate, with terrific purity, it will benefit from just a handful of years in the cellar." (JD)

"This smooth wine is still lightly woody but has great fruit that will shine strongly over the next months. Juicy black-currant flavors are right up front, giving freshness to this attractive, fruity wine. It will be ready to drink from 2022. -Roger Voss" (WE)

"The oak has integrated into the wine and now you are on the fruit, with its lean to the deep, cherry side of the style range, The wine is forward, soft and polished with juicy, red fruits in the mouth. But you still find some oak in the finish along with all the ripe fruits. You can drink this young, with just a few years of aging. 770 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019" (JL)