2018 Quinault l'Enclos Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 3L
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DC 94 VN 94 WE 94 JS 93 JD 93 WA 93 JL 92
DC 94

Decanter, April 2019

The shape of this wine is really beginning to come into focus. It has great balance with precision and elegance. Pristine blue fruits and floral touches linger through the palate. There's a higher Cabernet content than...
VN 94

Vinous, May 2019

(91-94) The 2018 Quinault L'Enclos is impressive. Creamy and ample, the 2018 stands out for its textural breadth. There is a level of intensity in the 2018 that previous vintages have not achieved, with a balance of...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

The estate is surrounded by the suburbs of the city of Libourne and this wine is produced by the team at Château Cheval Blanc. That combination has produced a sequence of fine wines, like this release. Rich fruits have...
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, February 2021

A juicy red with creamy, polished tannins and attractive blackberry, blackcurrant, wet-earth and bark flavors. Rich finish. Needs time to come together, but already very attractive. Try after 2024.
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

Coming from a walled vineyard near the town of Libourne, the 2018 Château Quinault L'Enclos reveals a dense ruby/purple color to go with lots of earthy red and black currant fruits, truffle, leather, camphor, and bouquet...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2021

(93+ points) Quinault l'Enclos comes from off a very gravelly soil with great drainage, but there's not a lot of water during dry periods. Adeptly produced by the team of Cheval Blanc (who purchased the estate in 2008)...
JL 92

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2021

Much better in bottle than in barrel, the wine has filled out, gaining complexity and texture. Now you find a rich, luxurious, licorice, black cherry, smoke, spice and floral oriented wine. Medium-bodied with velvety...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2018
Size 3L
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Quinault l'Enclos is a Bordeaux Blend wine hailing from the prestigious Saint Emilion region of Bordeaux, France. This exquisite red wine showcases the expertise of the renowned team at Château Cheval Blanc, who craft wines of exceptional quality. With a beautiful deep garnet-purple color, this wine immediately captivates the eye.

On the nose, the 2018 Quinault l'Enclos reveals an enticing array of aromas. Ripe fruits, such as black cherries, black plums, and boysenberries, take center stage, accompanied by hints of violets, dark chocolate, star anise, and tobacco leaf. The bouquet is both complex and alluring, drawing you in with each swirl of the glass.

Upon the first sip, the wine envelops the palate with a velvety texture that is simply irresistible. The medium-bodied profile is perfectly balanced, with refreshing acidity providing a lively backbone to the rich, perfumed black fruits. The wine's elegance is accentuated by the seamless integration of oak, resulting in a smooth and harmonious flavor profile.

Critics have praised the 2018 Quinault l'Enclos for its exceptional quality. Wine Enthusiast awarded it an impressive score of 94 points, noting its rich fruits, wood aging, and crafted tannins that ensure its ability to age gracefully. Jeb Dunnuck also awarded it 93 points, highlighting its earthy red and black currant fruits, truffle, leather, and bouquet garni-like nuances.

The 2018 vintage of Quinault l'Enclos showcases the remarkable progress made by the Cheval Blanc team in recent years. With a balanced blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, this wine exhibits a level of intensity and precision that is truly breathtaking. The finish is long and fragrant, leaving a lasting impression.

While the 2018 Quinault l'Enclos can certainly be enjoyed now, it has the potential to age beautifully. For those who possess the patience, it is recommended to cellar this wine until 2026 or beyond to fully appreciate its evolution. Whether enjoyed now or in the future, this exceptional Bordeaux Blend is a testament to the artistry and dedication of the winemaking team at Quinault l'Enclos.