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Château Quinault L'Enclos

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2018 Château Quinault L'Enclos  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Much better in bottle than in barrel, the wine has filled out, gaining complexity and texture. Now you find a rich, luxurious, licorice, black cherry, smoke, spice and floral oriented wine. Medium-bodied with velvety tannins, give it a few more years in the cellar and it should really start rocking! The wine is a blend of 71.5% Merlot, 14.5% Cabernet Franc and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. 92 Points

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Espresso, licorice, and red plums provide a bright, fruity character. The wine is medium bodied, focusing on its precision and freshness in the red fruits. The wine is a blend of 71.5% Merlot, 14.5% Cabernet Franc and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. 89-91 Pts

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2017 Château Quinault L'Enclos  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Licorice, coffee bean, espresso, cocoa and fresh kirsch form the core of the wine. Medium bodied and bright but still a bit oaky, there is enough fruit to bring it all together with three to five years in the bottle. 90 Points

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2016 Château Quinault L'Enclos  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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. 90 Points

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Vanilla, black cherry, smoke and anise come through easily. There is freshness along with juicy fruit and bright red berries. Made from blending 68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Cabernet Franc, the wine is now aged in 500 liter barrels of which 50% is new French oak. 90 Points

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2015 Château Quinault L'Enclos  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Lush, silky and rich, the wine is loaded with dark black cherries, licorice and silky, slightly tannins. The fruit is round, sweet and already offers considerable charm. 92 Points

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Licorice and fresh kirsch are the first things you notice, but the silky, polished texture is what really turns your head. This is pure, fresh, fun to taste and easily the best Quinault L'Enclos ever produced. The wine is a blend of 69% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc. 93 Points

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2014 Château Quinault L'Enclos  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Black cherry, kirsch and licorice on the nose, this wine is elegant, refined and ripe with fresh, pleasing, cherry character. Blending 69% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc, the new owners have included their recent plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon for the first time and it has certainly added depth to the blend. 90-92 Pts

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2012 Château Quinault L'Enclos  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Round, supple and ripe, open, forward, with a sweet, ripe, red cherry licorice, with a slightly dusty quality to the tannins in the finish. 90 Points

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For the first time, the winery did not use any Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. More Merlot was added, making the assemblage 89% Merlot with 19% Cabernet Franc. Fresh strawberries and licorice open to a soft and light expression of the estate with fresh, bright, clean and light red berries. 88-90 Pts

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2011 Château Quinault L'Enclos  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

While 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon create this blend, the estate will add more Cabernet Sauvignon in 2017 due to gravel in the soil. The wine will be aged in 40% new oak. Truffle, smoke and black raspberry notes open to a medium-bodied, light, bright and fresh red berry-dominated finish. 88-90 Pts

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2010 Château Quinault L'Enclos  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Quinault L’Enclos 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 wine end with a fresh, supple, fennel, chocolate and black cherry. 90-92 Pts

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

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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2008 Château Quinault L'Enclos  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Medium/full bodied, round and completely approachable, there is distinctive oaky edge to the wines black cherry and licorice personality. 87 Points

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2005 Château Quinault L'Enclos  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Ripe, black cherries and espresso in the nose, the wine is soft in texture, with too much oak in the end note as the wine feels a little dry and woody. 89 Points

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Creamy, ripe black raspberry, licorice, coffee, jammy berries and oak make up the perfume. With its opulent, sexy texture and forward style, this Bordeaux wine is already showing well. Based on previous vintages, this is a wine that should be enjoyed before it hits 12 years after the vintage. 93 Points

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2000 Château Quinault L'Enclos  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Not as fresh, rich, lush or interesting as it was a few years ago. I'd drink this enjoyable wine sooner than later. 87 Points

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1999 Château Quinault L'Enclos  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Clearly starting to fade and drop its fruit. If you have a bottle, I'd drink this much sooner than later. 88 Points

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1998 Château Quinault L'Enclos  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

The fruit and oak has faded with time. Medium bodied, fully mature, soft, round, and a bit short, but the black cherry, licorice and earthy notes that remained were easy to drink. Still, if I owned any of this wine, I'd drink it sooner than later. 87 Points

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Offering mature, oak, earth and fruit aromas, ending on a plush, plum and cherry note. Fully mature. There is no reason to hold this easy to like wine any longer. In fact, it might have been a little more fun to drink a year or two ago. 90 Points

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Dark, purple, ruby with very slight pinking at the edges. Jammy blackberries, vanilla, super ripe cherries, licorice and coffee notes. Lush, full-bodied, decadent, mouth feel. Red and black fruits coat the palate. Some tannin remains. Very sexy and crowd pleasing style of wine. 93 Points

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