2009 Château Quinault L'Enclos St. Émilion Grand Cru Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note


2009 Château Quinault L'Enclos  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Radium-bodied, lush, polished, round, and fully developed, the wine instantly focuses you on its back cherry, chocolate, licorice and coffee notes on the nose and palate. 91 Points

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Fully developed, the wine is round, soft, forward, open and approachable. It takes little effort to find the licorice, cherry, smoke and earthy nuances. 91 Points

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2009 Quinault L’Enclos is produced in a new style since being purchased by the owners of Cheval Blanc. The wine is now fresher, less ripe than the offerings from earlier vintages, and should probably age better than they did. One of the key reasons behind the change is that the fruit is being harvested earlier than it was previously. Dark berry and licorice scents mesh well with the fleshy, soft textures. The wine ends with a blast of ripe black cherries. 90-92 Pts

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When to Drink Chateau Quinault L'Enclos, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Quinault L'Enclos is better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.

Chateau Quinault L'Enclos is best enjoyed in the first 3-15 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour to 90 minutes. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Quinault L'Enclos with Wine, Food, and Pairing Tips

Chateau Quinault L'Enclos is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Quinault L'Enclos is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Quinault L'Enclos is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.