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2004 Château Quinault-L'Enclos (750ml)
Producer: Château Quinault-L'Enclos
Appellation: Saint Émilion Grand Cru - Libournais - France (Grand Cru Classé)
Type: red
Varietal: Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Cabernet Sauvignon
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$24.99
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Tasting Notes:
rated: May 25, 2005 , Decanter decanter.com
3 stars "Nose of damp violet petals. Very good middle fruit and the grip of some tannin. Sweet finish. Drink 2010-2015." Best 2010-2015
rated: May 26, 2005 , K&L Wine Merchants klwines.com
"img src="/images/pick.gif" align="Texttop" border="0" alt="Top Pick" width="48" height="11">  91-93 points Robert Parker: "A strong effort from Dr. Alain Raynaud, this vineyard was savaged by hail in May, thus cutting yields, which ultimately turned out to be a blessing in disguise given the humongous crop size that emerged from most vineyards in 2004. Yields were only 30 hectoliters per hectare, and Dr. Raynaud feels this may be the finest wine he has yet made, but I would be reluctant to concede that point. Certainly it is in a league with the brilliant 1998 and 2000. A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by a precise, elegant bouquet of black raspberries, currants, and white flowers with a striking chalky minerality in the background. Seamless, with sweet tannin, medium body, and impressive purity as well as texture, it should drink well in 2-4 years, and last for 15 or more." (04/05) According to the Wine Spectator: "Shows tobacco and berry aromas, with a green edge. Full-bodied, with silky tannins..." (03/05)"
rated: November 28, 2007 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
91 points "An elegant, pretty Quinault, the 2004 displays a dense ruby/purple color along with a big, rich nose of licorice, black raspberries, cherries, and spice. This blend of 71% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec possesses an excellent texture, beautiful elegance and complexity, and no hard edges. A seamlessly made, supple-textured, evolved, forward effort, it can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years. This is a very strong effort in a challenging vintage. Add to Print List Wine Advocate # 165 Jun 2006 Robert Parker (91-93) Drink 2009 - 2029 $12-$37 (24) The 2004 Quinault l’Enclos (77% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec) is impeccably clean, pure, and rich. Its dense blue/purple color is accompanied by a beautiful perfume of blueberries, acacia flowers, raspberries, and crushed rocks. Reeking of terroir, it offers elegant, medium-bodied, pure, textured, layered flavors, sweet but high tannin, admirable weight and equilibrium, and a long finish. Cellar it for 3-5 years and enjoy it over the following two decades. Wine Advocate # 158 Apr 2005 Robert Parker (91-93) Drink 2007 - 2020 $12-$37 A strong effort from Dr. Alain Raynaud, this vineyard was savaged by hail in May, thus cutting yields, which ultimately turned out to be a blessing in disguise given the humongous crop size that emerged from most vineyards in 2004. Yields were only 30 hectoliters per hectare, and Dr. Raynaud feels this may be the finest wine he has yet made, but I would be reluctant to concede that point. Certainly it is in a league with the brilliant 1998 and 2000. A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by a precise, elegant bouquet of black raspberries, currants, and white flowers with a striking chalky minerality in the background. Seamless, with sweet tannin, medium body, and impressive purity as well as texture, it should drink well in 2-4 years, and last for 15 or more." Best 2007-2022
rated: October 28, 2008 , juliano spagnoli
91 points Best 2014-2022