Quinault L’Enclos 2020 En Primeur: “plenty of charm”

  • “Expertly handled,” according to Jane Anson.
  • The wine is being offered for £312 (12×75) SEP.
  • Two older vintages, that have the highest Benchmark Critic scores, are available at a lower price than today’s release.

Quinault L'Enclos

The 2020 Château Quinault L’Enclos has been released for €25.8 per bottle ex-négociant, up 7.5% on the 2019 release.

The international trade is offering the wine for £312 per 12×75, 4% more than the current Market Price of the 2019.

This makes it more expensive than most other vintages bar 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Critical reception

Not many critics have rated the 2020 L’Enclos. Jane Anson (Decanter) awarded it 92 points, revealing that “managing tannins is one of the lines that needed walking in 2020, and the warmer soils of Quinault compared to Cheval needed particular care”.

She added that “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”. Jean-Marc Quarin also gave the wine 92 points.

It also received 16+ points from James Lawther (JancisRobinson.com), who called it “supple and round with plenty of charm”.

Where is the value?

Some older vintages are available at a significant discount to today’s release. The 2014, for instance, costs 24.7% less and boasts 92 points from Neal Martin.

The 2007 vintage, rated 92 points from Robert Parker, also comes in at 16.7% cheaper.

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