1998 Quinault L'Enclos, St-Emilion

SKU #992341 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An elegant as well as powerful effort, this dense ruby/purple-colored 1998 reveals notes of plums, black raspberries, vanillin, minerals, licorice, and spice. Exceptionally rich with an outstanding texture, this medium to full-bodied wine possesses a distinctive, individualistic style, largely because of its floral, blueberry fruit flavors. Although accessible, it will age for two decades. (RP)  (4/2001)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good ruby-red. Youthful but complex aromas of black cherry, iron, tar, game, espresso and chicory. Lush, deep and oaky, with good finesse and sound structure. Finishes with noteworthy length and substantial but ripe tannins.  (5/2000)

Wine Spectator

 Very perfumed and floral, slightly earthy, but rich and fruity. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Slightly funky, but juicy. Fading a little. -88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Drink now. (Web-2009) (JS)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Saint Emilion