Château Quinault l’Enclos Saint-Emilion Grand Cru  Classé 2016     

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Jean-Marc Quarin: “Le meilleur jamais fait! Couleur sombre, intense et belle. Nez intense, fin, fruité, subtil et très pur. Gras à l’attaque, suave en milieu de bouche, fondant, caressant et en même temps assez tendu, le vin s’achève long, très savoureux, sur des nuances de fruits mûrs et de fruitsexotiques (agrumes) avec un superbe éclat. C’est vraiment très bon.” 93/100

Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown): “This was the first vintage that technical director Pierre-Olivier Clouet started to exclusively use 500-liter barrels for Quinault l’Enclos, decreasing the surface area to which the wines are exposed and, ultimately, the impact of the oak. The percentage of new oak is around 50%, and the blend is 68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Quinault l’Enclos opens with expressive redcurrants, black raspberries and black cherries scents with savory suggestions of tapenade, dried herbs and tobacco plus a waft of cloves. Medium-bodied, the palate is fantastically bright and lively with loads of red fruit accents and a firm frame of grainy tannins, finishing on an earthy note.” 93/100

Vinous (Antonio Galloni):The 2016 Quinault L’Enclos is very pretty and also intensely aromatic. Savory herb, mint, dried cherry, mocha and sweet tobacco are all lifted in this super-precise, nuanced Saint-Émilion. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2016 is precise, nuanced and exquisitely beautiful, all in the understated style that is typical here.” 92/100

Vinous (Neal Martin): The 2016 Quinault L’Enclos continues the estate’s policy of increasing the Cabernet Sauvignon (now at 20%). It has a refined bouquet with graphite and light cedar aromas emanating from that Cabernet, the oak taking a backseat since it is entirely aged in 500-liter barrels. The classically styled palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin and a fresh line of acidity. The precise yet not powerful finish prioritizes detail over length and grip. Enjoy over the next 12 to 15 years.91/100

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