2019 Enclos Tourmaline: £320 IB per three bottlesWednesday, June 24
Owned by Peter Kwok, along with Tour St.-Christophe, Haut-Brisson and, most recently, Bellefont-Belcier, all four are benefiting from his investment and relentless pursuit of quality.
Enclos Tourmaline is made only in the best vintages, the fruit sourced from a single hectare of vines situated in-between Le Pin and Fleur Petrus. A pure Merlot, the wine sees 100% new oak. Only around 3000 bottles are made each year, hence the wine is offered in cases of three.
Extraordinarily, the 2019Tour Saint-Christophe is awarded 96-97 points by James Suckling, equalling his score for Enclos Tourmaline. This points to the brilliant value offered by this St.-Emilion estate...as well as to the limitations of scoring systems!
2019 Enclos Tourmaline, Pomerol
"The 2019 Enclos Tourmaline is pure Merlot picked on 3 October at 32hl/ha and limited to just 3,400 bottles. It has a very ripe bouquet with blueberry and cassis fruit, maybe just a little OTT compared to some of Vignobles K (aka proprietor Peter Kwok) other cuvées. The palate is more refined with finely chiseled tannins, a fine bead of acidity, quite linear and steely towards the finish with a tang of spice on the aftertaste. Once the aromatics are tempered by time, this could turn into a superb Pomerol. 94-96 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
"A dense, very minerally red with iron, dark berries and black olives. Full-bodied and agile. It’s very structured, though not heavy. Opulent, yet reserved. 96-97 points." James Suckling
There's not much of the 2019 Enclos Tourmaline made, but it's a sensational wine in the making. Coming from a tiny one-hectare parcel next to Clinet, this inky purple-hued effort offers a wonderfully complex, vibrant bouquet of black raspberries, crème de cassis, licorice, toasted spices, and classy oak. Full-bodied, pure, and elegant, yet powerful on the palate, it has good acidity, remarkable purity (there's no overripeness here), sound underlying structure, and a great finish. It’s another brilliant, heavenly Pomerol from 2019. 95-98 points." Jeb Dunnuck, Jun 2020
£320 per three bottles in bond (EXTREMELY LIMITED)
Offered en primeur, ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2022. Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond. Stock subject to availability, E&OE.