90 Points - Robert Parker
The 2006 Quinault l’Enclos exhibits the elegant style that Raynaud has achieved in every vintage over the last decade. Sweet black raspberry and currant fruit along with hints of spring flowers and smoky oak are followed by a round, gentle, restrained wine revealing outstanding purity, medium body, and a fine finish. While it is not as prodigious as the 2005, it is a strong effort for the vintage.
The 2006 Quinault l’Enclos exhibits the elegant style that Raynaud has achieved in every vintage over the last decade. Sweet black raspberry and currant fruit along with hints of spring flowers and smoky oak are followed by a round, gentle, restrained wine revealing outstanding purity, medium body, and a fine finish. While it is not as prodigious as the 2005, it is a strong effort for the vintage. There are also 5,000 bottles of a kosher wine which Libourne’s local rabbi produces and serves as administrator.
Robert Parker on Feb 1st, 2009
Château Quinault sits in the Saint-Émilion appellation of Bordeaux, however it has only been thought of as being in the Saint Émilion appellation since 1973 as previously it was in the satellite of Sables St. Emilion. It produces a wine called Quinault L'Enclos. The vineyards are planted with a majority of Merlot (over 80%) and the rest is Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Alain Raynaud purchased the property with Françoise Raynaud when they discovered that a German Property Management Company was looking to buy the Château. At the time, Alain Raynaud also owned Château La Croix-de-Gay and Château La Fleur-de-Gay and supervised production at Château Lascombes and was named by many in the industry as a "Bordeaux maverick". It was sold to Bernard Arnault and Albert Frère, owners of the celebrated Château Cheval Blanc in 2008. The estate is managed by Pierre Lurton with the same team as Cheval Blanc. In 2009, the estate changed from mechanical to manual farming. The Château has an annual production of around 3,500 cases of wine per year. Château Quinault also produces a second wine called Lafleur de Quinault.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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