Château Quinault L'Enclos 2016 - A.O.C Saint-Emilion Grand-Cru Classé
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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.
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This smooth wine is still lightly woody but has great fruit that will shine strongly over the next months. Juicy black-currant flavors are right up front, giving freshness to this attractive, fruity wine. It will be ready to drink from 2022.
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A fruit-filled version, with waves of warm cassis and raspberry puree infused liberally with anise, incense and tobacco notes. A light bramble edge keeps this just honest enough on the finish. Drink now through 2030. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
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A juicy and very elegant Quinault, showing hazelnut, dark-berry and cedar character. Medium body, with a lovely, fine-tannin texture and a delicious finish. Drink after 2022.
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A vintage forged in the extremes', they say poetically here. This has an unforced, fresh style, with fairly closed dark fruits but riven through with finesse. A touch short, but pleasurable drinking. Drinking Window 2025-2040.
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Le cabernet-sauvignon implanté par l’équipe de Cheval Blanc s’installe dans l’assemblage (20 %), apportant une merveilleuse touche florale, bourgeon de cassis, au spectre aromatique de cette matière douce, raffinée, subtilement grenue.
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Un vin d'une belle profondeur, dont le fruit n'est pas dissimulé par le bois, qui l'accompagne élégamment. Les notes de cerise noire, de mûre, de cassis, de fleurs et une touche fumée lui offre une belle complexité et sa structure digne et vive en fera un vin de très bonne garde.
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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.
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Another fresh, pretty wine from the team at Cheval Blanc, the 2016 Château Quinault l'Enclos has nuanced notes of black cherries, blackberries, leafy herbs, and saddle leather. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced and seamless on the palate, with terrific purity, it will benefit from just a handful of years in the cellar.
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It was in 2008 that the owners of Château Cheval Blanc (Bernard Arnault & Albert Frère) acquired this Saint-Emilion Grand Cru estate, ideally located in the town of Libourne. Since this acquisition, the Cheval Blanc technical teams have reinterpreted this high quality, very homogeneous gravel terroir, on which vines over fifty years old are planted. Supervised by Pierre Lurton, in-depth work was undertaken, starting with the base: the vineyard. Viticulture, vinification and aging are carried out in the same spirit as that of Cheval Blanc, at the best current level.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Quinault L’Enclos
  • Type of wine
    Classified Growth
  • Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
  • Superficy
    20 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    50 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    50% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2024 and 2038
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Saint-Emilion Grand Cru is made with a vineyard that has an area of 20 hectares by Château Quinault L’Enclos. The average age of the vines is 50 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 18 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 50% of new barrels.


If the name of Saint-Emilion shelters a fortified historic village registered in the World heritage of UNESCO, it also counts two appellations of controlled origin of world fame. Saint-Émilion and Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (in this appellation, the wines can benefit from the mentions Grand Cru Classé or Premier Grand Cru Classé). Geographically intertwined, these two appellations enjoy a tremendous diversity of soils and subsoils and give wines of a great variety: supple, powerful, fine, fruity or mineral. If the areas of these two appellations merge, only the best wines are entitled to the Grand Cru appellation. All of them carry the values ​​of conviviality, authenticity and high quality.