2015 Enclos Tourmaline, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253276 98-99 points James Suckling

 This is fabulous with superb concentration of ultra-fine and ripe and bright fruit. Walnuts, blackberry, black truffles and wet earth. Full body. Powerful finish. Amazing tiny production wine in the heart of Pomerol. 1 hectare. 3,000 bottles. 100% merlot. A wine to compete with Le Pin. Watch this estate!  (4/2016)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 L'Enclos Tourmaline comes from a one-hectare parcel directly opposite Clinet and owned by Peter Kwok, part of what appears to be his expanding "empire" on the Right Bank. Readers should be aware that this particular vintage includes a new parcel that is close to La Fleur Petrus. Pure Merlot, it has a seductive bouquet with black cherries, blueberry and a touch of truffle that is very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, intense but not powerful, fine mineralité with subtle black pepper and truffle notes on the long finish. I can see this ageing well, though I want to see more personality articulated once in bottle. (NM)  (4/2016)

88-91 points Vinous

 The 2015 Enclos Tourmaline is a 100% old-vine Merlot that emerges from the heart of Peter Kwok's La Patache property in Pomerol. There is no shortage of depth or intensity, yet the 2015 comes across as a bit rough around the edges and also stylistically forced into trying to be something it might not be able to be. Hints of mocha, espresso, black stone fruits and licorice open into the finish. This is a heavily extracted style. (AG)  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

The Enclos Tourmaline is made from 100% Merlot grown in two small plots in Pomerol, both just an acre each. One of the vineyards sits in front of Clinet and the other is next to Lafleur-Petrus, giving the wine serious heritage. K&L owner Clyde Beffa says, "Fabulous wine, one of my top wines of the vintage." Extremely limited availability.

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By: Philip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
**One of the wines of the vintage** Inky color. Saturated and seamless with a massive core of pure Merlot fruit (100%). Concentrated and full on the palate with dark plum, black cherry, earth, violets, and mineral. This wine has such scale and depth on the palate yet is deftly balanced on the incredibly long and mouthwatering finish. The breed and pedigree are apparent with the fruit being sourced from vines in front of Clinet and next to Fleur-Petrus. 3,000 bottles.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
Barrel tasted April 9, 2016: Very deep and dark in color; dense, highly extracted with black, chewy fruits, hints of roasted coffee and mocha flavors, not over done and does manage to maintain balance. This is really serious win. Buy for sure!

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
Must be at least 100 points from me. This property is new to us and is only one hectare in size - one part next to LaFleur Petrus and the other part in front of Clinet. Only 3,000 bottles produced and on my top 10 of the vintage. Powerful blackberry aromas-very intense and almost jammy on the palate but perfectly balanced-lush so that you want to drink it now. 100% Merlot. Tons of mineral on the minute-long finish. Wow!
Drink from 2020 to 2040

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
This wine knocked my socks off. This is serious Pomerol on every level, deeply concentrated with a brooding note of dark red fruit. The palate is lithe and supple, elegant really, with perfect balance between the ripeness of the fruit and the mineral notes from the terroir. Enclos Tourmaline's vineyards are between Le Pin & Trotanoy, serious names in the Bordeaux hierarchy. This is top-tier wine.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
Fabulous sample, this comes from a small property that sits next to famed Le Pin and Trotanoy and adjacent to Lafleur-Petrus and La Violette. If you can't afford the tariff for these producers this is a great fall back. Immediately upon tasting I thought of Petrus stylistically before I knew the vineyard's proximity to greatness in Pomerol. The wine is super-sexy with exotic notes of black tea, Asian spice and black licorice. Loaded with velvety tannins this is a blockbuster in the making and a stunning wine. If you're a fan of Pomerol this is a wine to buy.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2038

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