Chateau Quinault l'Enclos 2010
Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
The color is a dark, deep red. The nose is consistent with that intensity: it presents aromas of black fruits, blackberries, cherries, mingling with delicate floral notes that give it a certain freshness. The attack is strong and it is extended by a soft tannins which are nice and well present in balance. The finish is fresh with velvety aromatic maturity.
The Wine Advocate - "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.
Barrel Sample: 90-92 Points"
James Suckling - "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% Merlot, 12% Cabernet France and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Barrel Sample: 91-92 Points"
Wine Spectator - "Very fresh, with a pure essence of raspberry and kirsch racing along, laced with an enticing red licorice note that drives through the finish. Rather direct, but well put together and nicely defined, with a finesse and minerality that many other St.-Emilions don't have. Drink now through 2020."
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Chateau Quinault l'Enclos Winery
Located in the heart of Libourne, this chateau has a history dating back to the Roman Era. Today, the average age of the vineyard is 45 years old, with the oldest vines in production since 1934. The age of the vines lends to a very interesting genetic heritage and highly complex grapes. In the winery, this translates to terrior driven wines with great character. View all Chateau Quinault l'Enclos Wines
About St-EmilionView a map of St-Emilion wineries (saint eh-meel-YOHN)
A region named after the charming, quaint historical town in Bordeaux, St-Émilion is situated on the right bank of Bordeaux. It's grapes of choice are Merlot and Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet on the right bank). The region has its own classification system, updated and revised every few years. Two of the hottest chateaux of the area (and the only Premier Grand Cru Classé A) are Chateau Ausone and Chateau Cheval Blanc.
St.-Émilion produces the most wine on the right bank of Bordeaux. As most of its wine is based primarily on Merlot, St-Emilion wines are described as having finesse and elegance. The best wine of the region can last upward of 10-20 years, like a good left-banker, but many find that the wines here matuer earlier than those based on Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils in the area differ greatly, from gravel to limestone to clay and sand. As a result, the wines of this region are diverse. Quality wines display silky tannins and ripe, soft fruit – the higher quality wine showing full-bodied texture and layers of complexity.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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