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Enclos de Viaud History, Overview
The modern era for Enclos de Viaud begins in 2012 when the property was purchased by Vignobles K. Headed by Peter Kwok and his son Howard Kwok, over a short period of time, they have been able to increase the quality of this little known, Lalande de Pomerol vineyard.
The Kwok family continues adding to their Right Bank holdings as they also own Chateau Tour Saint Christophe and Bellefont Belcier in St. Emilion as well as Enclos Tourmaline and La Patache in Pomerol and Chateau Le Rey in the Cotes de Castillon appellation. The same team that manages all the Vignobles K wines, headed by Jean Christophe Meyrou and Jerome Aguirre takes care of Enclos de Viaud.
Interestingly, there are 4 wineries in Lalande de Pomerol with the name Viaud, however, this is the wine to watch for, due to its terroir and talented team.
Enclos de Viaud Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The diminutive 2.48-hectare vineyard of Enclos de Viaud is planted to 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard has a terroir of mostly gravel, with subsoils of limestone, iron, and clay on a sloping hillside, that is situated close to the La Barbanne stream.
The vines are planted to a density of 7,000 vines per hectare. The vineyard consists of 2 separate parcels of vines in their own lieux-dits, Marechaude and Viaud. Viaud, as you can easily surmise, is where the estate takes its name from.
Enclos de Viaud is aged in only 10% new, French oak barrels, to preserve the freshness. The production averages close to 850 cases of wine per vintage.
The best vintages of Enclos de Viaud are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010 and 2009.
When to Drink Enclos de Viaud, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Enclos de Viaud is better with at least 2-3 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour or so if desired. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Enclos de Viaud offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 3-10 years of age after the vintage.
Serving and Decanting Enclos de Viaud with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Enclos de Viaud is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Enclos de Viaud is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Enclos de Viaud is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
Enclos de Viaud Wine Tasting Notes
6 Vintages 16,645 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Enclos de Viaud (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Flowers, cocoa, dusty plums and cherries on the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, soft, round, forward, and chocolatey with sweet, fresh plums and a touch of herbs in the elegant finish. 89-91 Pts 89-91 Pts
2,182 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Enclos de Viaud (Lalande de Pomerol)|
The nose opens with a touch of smoke, dark cocoa, mushroom and spicy plums. Medium-bodied, fruity and earthy, with chewy fruits, espresso and dark chocolate in the finish. You can enjoy this on release. The wine blends 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc Drink from 2023-2033. 90 Points
657 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2022
Earthy, dark cherries, sweet plums, herbs and a touch of licorice fall into place easily. Drinkable on release, this medium-bodied, soft, elegant wine delivers a nice, early-drinking, subtle, Lalande de Pomerol experience. 88-90 Pts
2,295 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Enclos de Viaud (Lalande de Pomerol)|
With opening notes of herbs, spice, thyme and red berries, the wine is soft, medium-bodied, bright and fresh, with an herbal touch in the otherwise red plum finish. 88 Points
2,535 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Easy drinking, forward, soft, accessible, delicious charmer with ripe, sweet fruits that is perfect for early drinking pleasure. 86-88 Pts
2,807 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2016||Enclos de Viaud (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Medium-bodied, round, soft, lush and floral, with sweet black cherries, licorice, dark cocoa and plummy characteristics, if you enjoy exuberant, youthful fruit, you can already enjoy this wine. If you are seeking more softness and secondary characteristics, give it just a few years in the cellar for more development. 90 Points
2,412 Views Tasted Jul 18, 2020
|2015||Enclos de Viaud (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Ready to go, forward, medium-bodied, soft, round, plum and cherry-filled wine with touches of espresso and dark cocoa on the nose and palate. 89 Points
1,926 Views Tasted Aug 27, 2021
|2012||Enclos de Viaud (Lalande de Pomerol)|
The second vintage for the new owner, produced from a blend of 67% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is medium bodied, open, and on the cherry, earth and leafy side of the style range. 85 Points
1,831 Views Tasted May 15, 2015