Château Quinault L'Enclos, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2006
The walled or 'clos' vineyards at Château Quinault L'Enclos were planted some 200 years ago. The Château was owned and run by Alain Raynaud, a maverick winemaker who started the 'garagiste' movement in Saint-Émilion using the latest viticultural and vinification techniques, the best of Bordeaux and Burgundy to produce a wine of extraordinary character and depth. So good was the wine and potential at Quinault that LMVH made him an offer in 2008 that he couldn't refuse and so Quinault is now part of the Cheval Blanc and Yquem stable and has arguably lost a bit of the Alain Raynaud magic.
What do the critics say?
"An extraordinarily elegant Quinault with remarkable purity and texture has been produced in 2006. This blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, and enjoys every state-of-the-art winemaking technique, most of them Burgundy-inspired (especially the cold pre-fermentation maceration, malolactic in barrel, and aging on its lees with plenty of batonnage). A top-notch success for proprietor Alain Raynaud and his wife, Francoise, this deep ruby/purple-colored effort exhibits sweet aromas of spring flowers, blueberries, and raspberries. Medium-bodied and layered, with attractive sweetness, ripe tannin, a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, and alcohol, and a long finish, it will drink beautifully in 3-4 years, and should last for 15 or more thereafter."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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