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Château Quinault L’Enclos, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

2005 / 750 ml.


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What's in the Bottle

70% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec

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Red Wine
Chateau Quinault
750 ml.
Item #:
12 bottles

Chateau Quinault L'Enclos, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru  2005 / 750 ml.

Ratings Key:

  • SP Wine Spectator
  • WE Wine Enthusiast
  • VN Vinous
  • RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
  • ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • OT Other Review Service
  • Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
  • Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
  • * as rated by our staff

Published Reviews

94 pts.: 1st Apr 2008

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.

93 pts.: May/Jun 2008

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.

92–95 pts.: 1st Apr 2006

Proprietor Alain Raynaud has produced a beautifully elegant, noble, racy 2005 Quinault l’Enclos that ranks alongside his 1998, 2000, and 2001. A blend of 77% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon (the average age of the vines is 50 years), it was cropped at 32 hectoliters per hectare, and receives the Burgundian treatment of malolactic in barrel, aging on its lees for 6–10 months, and no filtering at bottling. The inky/blue/purple-tinged 2005 reveals a pure nose of charcoal, spring flowers, sweet raspberries, black cherries, and cassis. The wine is gorgeously textured, medium-bodied, and elegant yet intensely flavored with a power and texture that build on the palate. The tannin is sweet, but noticeable, and the finish is long. Anticipated maturity: 2010–2030.

92–94 pts.: 1st Apr 2007

A final blend of 70% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a rare 6% Malbec has resulted in a 2005 Quinault l’Enclos that rivals what this estate achieved in 2001, 2000, and 1998. This St.-Emilion’s upbringing is similar to that of a top red Burgundy, including a 7-day cold soak, fermentation in small tanks, malolactic in barrel, and aging sur-lie with the well-known oxoline system of rotating barrels on wheeled racks, which allows for a type of batonnage without having to open the bung and expose the wine to oxygen. Cropped at 30 hectoliters per hectare, it exhibits a dark ruby/purple hue along with beautiful aromas of charcoal, spring flowers, blueberries, raspberries, cassis, and a subtle note of wood. The overall style is one of finesse, elegance, and minerality. Medium to full-bodied and impeccably pure with a beautiful texture as well as 14% natural alcohol, this 2005 will be at its apogee between 2012–2025.

92 pts.: Jun 30, 2008

Beautiful chocolate and blackberry aromas and flavors follow through to a full body, with soft, round tannins and a long, long finish. Best after 2011.

90–93 pts.: May/Jun 2006

Medium-deep ruby. Sexy aromas of plum, black raspberry and mocha, along with the iron note I typically find in this wine. Silky on entry, then suave and bright in the middle. Very sophisticated wine with a sneaky penetrating quality and excellent mouth coverage. Finishes with fine, toothcoating tannins and subtle persistence. An excellent vintage for this St. Emilion but by no means a blockbuster.

85–88 pts.: Web only – 2006

[Barrel tasting] Aromas of blackberry, cherry and chocolate follow through to a medium- to-full body, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Lacks a little bit at the end. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.