In 2008 Alain Raynaud sold Chateau Quinault L’Enclos to the owners of Château Cheval Blanc, Bernard Arnault and Albert Frère. Today, Pierre Lurton and his talented team from Cheval Blanc now manage Chateau Quinault L’Enclos. After the purchase, the estate switched to organic farming in 2009. In 2012, they earned their certification for being completely organic in their farming methods. Read more...
This is very distinctive, with live-wire acidity running through the core of damson plum, linzer torte and blackberry fruit that's framed by a mouthwatering roasted apple wood note. The long and driven finish has a piercing iron edge and a smoldering tobacco note that adds to the dramatic profile. Best from 2015 through 2025. 4,205 cases made.
Under new ownership after the sale by Alain Raynaud, this is now a lighter style of wine. But it does have great acidity, really fresh, with smoky tannins. —Roger Voss,
The style here has changed completely since it was purchased from Dr. Alain Raynaud by the owners of Cheval Blanc. The 2009, a blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc from this enclosed vineyard situated within the town of Libourne, displays loads of blueberry and raspberry fruit along with crushed rock and a host of floral notes. Deliciously fruity, medium-bodied, and very elegant, with a nice succulence, this is not a big wine by any means, but it is very stylish, pure, velvety textured and precocious. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. #199Feb 2012
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