This charming Saint Emilion owned and managed by Cheval Blanc, once again delights with its forward fruit in the nose, berry and cherry flavours on the palate, soft, velvety texture with a tannic undertow which adds depth and structure to the wine. Made from a blend of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc, this is a punchy, spicy, lively wine with a sapid, enticing flavour. The only minus point is that quantities of this wine are very low this year.

Jeb Dunnuck
The 2020 Château Quinault L’Enclos, which saw two thirds of the blend brought up in foudre, is another beautiful, seamless wine from this estate that offers both richness and elegance. Black cherries, smoked tobacco, chocolate, and a touch of scorched earth all flow to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, finesse-driven Saint-Emilion that already offers pleasure. It will evolve for two decades.

Managing tannins is one of the lines that needed walking in 2020, and the warmer soils of Quinault compared to Cheval needed particular care. You find some traces of the solar nature of the summer on the nose, with eucalyptus, black pepper and rosemary spice, but there is freshness on the palate, well balanced and with density to the blackberry and black cherry fruits, finishing up with again the eucalyptus that is found in the aromatics, and a generous kick of spice. This is tightly structured, it is expertly handled but I would suggest looking to the 2019.
Barrel Sample: 92


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SKU: 838559B

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