Proprietaire

Château L’Enclos


Pomerol


Denise and Stephen Adams
owners
(photo)

Bouteille

The estate

In the late 19th century Pierre Larroucaud decided to combine his family’s separate plots of vines and build a house at the centre of the new estate, near the hamlet of Grand Moulinet. With great attention to detail, he oversaw the construction of a vat room, wineries and cellars around the main house. This new estate took its name from one of the original plots: Enclos.

The owners

In 2007, after being passed down between ten generations of one of Pomerol’s oldest families, Château L’Enclos came under the ownership of Stephen and Denise Adams. Mr. and Mrs. Adams own several other estates in France and the United States, and as longstanding connoisseurs of Bordeaux’s fine wines they were enchanted by the great potential of the terroir at L’Enclos, and seduced by the charms of the estate’s quintessentially ‘Girondin’ manor house.

The wine

Vintage 2010 : With its lovely deep, dark colour, this cru releases scents of ripe red fruit and cherry. It is matured in barrels, providing it with notes of vanilla mingling with roasted, coffee and cocoa aromas. On the palate it is elegant and full, offering a lovely sensation of freshness. The tannins are silky, thanks to grapes harvested at full ripeness in a great year. Château L’Enclos is a perfectly balanced wine, an excellent ambassador for the prestigious Pomerol appellation. It boasts a long-lasting finish with pleasantly dense tannins, and aromas of compote fruits, plum, and cassis. A wine guaranteed to enjoy a great future.

Vintage 2011 : Boasting a deep colour, the 2011 releases scents of black fruit (blueberry and cherry) enhanced by notes of fresh vanilla pod. On the palate this wine offers opulent, very silky tannins thanks to the perfectly-judged extraction process. In the finish the merlot provides plenty of sweetness and roundness: L’Enclos 2011 is one of the best Pomerols, made with very ripe grapes in an irreproachable state of health.


Composition

Grape varieties

79% Merlot
19% Cabernet Franc
2% Malbec

Soil

Silicious and gravelly with veins of clay

Area

10 hectares

Average age of vines

36 years

Density

6,000 vines per hectare

Harvesting

Traditionnal

Ageing

12 to 18 months ageing in oak barrels (50% new oak)

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Ratings - harvest 2010


Bettane et Desseauve.......................................14/20

Neal Martin................................................90-92/100

Jeff Leve....................................................87-89/100

JJ Buckley..................................................91-93/100

RVF................................................................16,5/20

Gilbert et Gaillard............................................92/100

Decanter 2012.......................................Commended

Bettane et Desseauve 2013...........................15,5/20

IWSC 2012.............................................Silver Medal

Wine Spectator................................................91/100

Ratings - harvest 2011


Wine Spectator..........................................87-90/100

Bettane et Desseauve....................................15,5/20

JJ Buckley..................................................92-94/100

Neal Martin...............................................89-90+/100

Gault & Millau.................................................15,5/20

IWSC 2014..............................................Silver Medal