Château Quinault L'Enclos, St Emilion Grand Cru, 2018

  Château Quinault L'Enclos

The Cheval Blanc winemaking team has made real progress at Quinault L'Enclos. 2018 is the tenth vintage and definitely their most accomplished effort to date. 50% of the vineyard has been replanted using massale selections from Cheval Blanc and new Cabernet Sauvignon clones. Produced from 71.5% Merlot, 14.5% Cabernet Franc and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in a mixture 500L barrels and foudres. Plenty of wine here. Notes of soy and nori, flowers, red berries and salt, then plums, spice and Valrhona chocolate - this is impressive and concentrated yet has verve and lift. The finish has lovely salinity with notes of sweet toasty oak, wild plums and flowers. Silky, refined and pure, this is a tremendous effort from Quinault.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Quinault L'Enclos

Quinault l'Enclos is located in the appellation of St Emilion.

Appellation: St Emilion

St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc

Three of the classic Bordeaux varieties. A relatively rare blend for the right bank, where Cabernet Sauvignon plays a greater role than Cabernet Franc (Figeac being one of the few examples), while on the left bank this is most likely to crop up in the communes with cooler, damper soils such as St Estèphe.