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2005 Quinault (l'Enclos)

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-EMILION
  • 94 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 73 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 57267-2005
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($55-$73) Medium ruby-red. Sexy aromas of cherry, minerals, iron and smoked meat. Juicy and sappy for the year, with lovely energy to the concentrated flavors of cherry, minerals, smoke, flowers and earth. Very sophisticated, shapely wine with a long, ripely tannic finish throwing off notes of smoke, minerals and iron.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Beautiful chocolate and blackberry aromas and flavors follow through to a full body, with soft, round tannins and a very long finish. Best after 2011.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The well-known winemaking consultant, Dr. Alain Raynaud, is the proprietor of this estate. The 2005 Quinault l'Enclos is a pure, elegant, stylish wine from a blend of 70% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and an unusual 6% Malbec. This highly-focused wine exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue in addition to a beautiful bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, camphor, spring flowers, and spice box. With superb concentration, a hint of minerals, and a lovely textured mouthfeel, it should be approachable in 5-6 years, and age easily for two decades or more.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 14

    Zesty, currants. Pretty dry but not too hot or porty. But there's a streak of greenness on the finish.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Edward C731
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Owens Jack
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Nick O
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2014-2028
    Author: jab
"This emerging St.-Emilion superstar is run by Alain and Francoise Raynaud who, since their first vintage in 1997, have taken this estate to new heights. No effort is spared here to produce a great wine..." -Robert Parker, Bordeaux

Not only does Quinault deserve interest, but the whole of the St.-Emilion appellation has been enjoying a renaissance with collectors the world over. New ranks of winemakers set on eloquently expressing the pure fruit and lush personalities of the St.-Emilion are being discovered on a very regular basis, and Quinault helps lead the pack. Though Merlot-driven, this chateau also incorporates percentages of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon to produce wines of gorgeous opulence while never sacrificing the impeccable elegance and equilibrium of Bordeaux. The estate also makes a special cuvee called L'Absolut de Quinault that goes through its alcoholic fermentation in barriques.

Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1322 bottles owned
  • 206 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 206 collectors)