From a pure gravel terroir in Saint-Emilion, the 2017 Quinault l'Enclos is mostly Merlot blended with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, all aging in 50% new barrels. This medium-bodied, elegant 2017 has terrific black cherry fruit, plenty of minerality and floral nuances, ripe, sweet tannin, and a great finish. It’s a fair step back from the blockbuster 2015 but should easily be an outstanding wine. Rating: 90-92 L&S(Apr 2018)
75cl bottles (wood case of 6)
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The 2017 Quinault l’Enclos has a slightly warmer microclimate than Cheval Blanc so it was not affected by frost at all. It is managed exactly like Cheval Blanc even though the terroir is different. It is the first vintage to be vinified in the new cellar equipped with 22 different sized vats and in recent years, more and more Cabernet Sauvignon has been planted due to its gravel soils. This is matured in 50% new oak and 50% used, including one 20-hectolitre foudre. It has a curiously Fronsac-like bouquet with broody dark berry fruit laced with warm gravel, becoming more Left Bank in style as it opens up. The palate is medium-bodied with lace-like tannin, very linear and conservative in style, quite saline in the mouth with a brisk, dried herb, perhaps even fennel-tinged finish. Give this three, maybe four years in bottle as I would like to see it develop a little more grace and personality. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)
There was no frost at all in Quinault l’Enclos, as it is right in Libourne and a bit warmer. The 2017 Quinault l'Enclos is blended of 64% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc, aged in 50% new oak and 50% one-year-old oak—only 500-liter barrels and foudres. Deep garnet-purple in color, it gives expressive notes of warm plums, blackberry pie and black forest cake with touches of Chinese five spice and dusty soil. The palate is medium-bodied, firm and grainy with a good amount of earthy fruit and a savory finish. Rating: 88-91 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Apr 2018)
62% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cheval Blanc team changed everything when they started working there 10 years ago. Replanting with good clones etc and more Cabernet Sauvignon because there is a lot of gravel. Now also a new cellar, concrete for fermentation. Experimenting with foudres and bigger 500-litre barrels to reduce the oak impact but all new. Deep crimson. Delicately herbaceous and slightly dusty aroma. Smells of stone dust. Or is it the concrete in the cellar? Under that, light cassis. Strange mix of herbaceous flavours and sweet chocolate. Sweet/sour at the moment. Smooth tannins, chocolate texture. Gentle but fresh. Drinking range: 2022 - 2029 Rating: 16- Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2018)
A firm and silky red with blackberry and chocolate character. Medium-to full-bodied, pretty and focused. A delicious young wine. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)
This estate has been owned by LVMH since 2008, and has been managed by the same team as Château Cheval Blanc since that time. There was no frost damage here. The vineyard is currently 64% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc, and Pierre-Olivier Clouet aims to increase the proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon here, as he believes it suits the gravelly soils and warm urban mesoclimate (this is also the reason there was no frost damage) better than Cabernet Franc. The wine was picked by hand and vinified on a plot-by-plot basis in new cellars, fermented in tank with malolactic fermentation in same, followed by élevage in a mix of 500-litre barrels and foudres. The blend is 62% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc. It has an interesting, dark smoky, Cabernet nose, concentrated but savoury. This comes through on the palate, which shows a dark, right-bank Cabernet character, similar to notes you sometimes get in the wines of Denis Durantou or Château Figeac. A fresh, cool and fresh palate, with lots of phenolic grip, polished and sinewy, with supple tannins, ripe, concentrated, with dark and sooty fruits. A very fresh style, grippy, phenolic, dark, quite individualistic, ripe and charming. Rating: 92-94 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)
Château Quinault l'Enclos: Full Wine List and Profile
A 19 hectare estate located in the Saint-Émilion appellation of Bordeaux. Although originating the the 17th century, the Château was not used in the production of wine until it was bought by négociant Baptiste Mons in 1930. Since then it has been brought along in leaps and bounds by Dr. Alain Raynaud until its sale in 2008 to Bernard Arnault and his associate Albert Frère, however Raynaud stayed on as a consultant at the property. The vines have a high average age of 60-70 years, and are planted on gravel, sand and clay terroir.
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- Shipment to our bond (at LCB Creek Road) and insurance are included in the in bond price.
- Delivery is free to Lea and Sandeman / Elephant storage accounts, both duty paid and in bond.
- Other deliveries (In Bond and Duty Paid) are also free subject to a minimum order from the offer of £1000, orders below this total will be charged £16.50+ VAT when the wine invoices are issued. We will group deliveries and this is a charge for your entire purchases, not a per-case charge.
- Delivery for 2017 Bordeaux primeurs will expected to be completed by October 2020, but we can make no guarantee as to specific delivery times, and some of the Sauternes may be later.
Practical notes - how it works
We start a sale in each customer's name and add all their primeur orders to one sale which is invoiced at the end of the campaign (or when the customer wishes). Immediate payment of invoices is then required. We and our customers find that having a single invoice for the vintage is the simpler option, but do please note that confirmed orders are still binding as above even if the final invoice has not been issued.
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Half-bottles, Magnums and larger bottles.
One of the additional advantages of buying en primeur is being able to order the wine in the bottle size you want. Even if a wine is only listed in one size, you can order any bottle or case size you want if the property supplies it, but you must order the case/bottle size you require and check that the correct size has been invoiced.
Additional charges are as follows:-
- +£20 per case of 24 half-bottles
- +£10 per case of 6 Magnums (2 bottles equivalent, 1.5 litres each)
- +£35 per individually boxed Double Magnum (4 bottles equivalent, 3 litres)
- +£50 per individually boxed Imperial (8 bottles equivalent, 6 litres) for Salmanazars, Balthazars, Nebuchadnezzars and Melchiors please enquire for availability and price.