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Enclos Tourmaline 2018

Grape VarietyMerlot

This micro-cuvée is produced from four tiny plots on the Pomerol plateau totalling 1 hectare. One plot is in front of Clinet, one in front of La Fleur Pétrus, one between Le Pin and Trotanoy and the other next to Rouget. This property is owned by Peter Kwok, who bought it as "Cornaline" in 2011. It is produced only in great vintages (no 2013 was produced). Michel Rolland is consulting and Jérôme Aguirre, formerly of La Violette and Le Gay, is the head winemaker. The wine is made from 100% Merlot grapes, is micro-vinified with whole berry fermentation in 100% new oak. Annual production is a miniscule 3000 bottles. In 2018 the yield was a decent 37 hl/ha so the tiny production of 3300 bottles will be the biggest yet.

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2018Enclos Tourmaline NewBT2 \ 6301,236.00
1293+ NM30116.6666666666793.1093.10Enclos Tourmaline0.7510
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Tasting Notes

The 2018 Enclos Tourmaline, matured in 100% new oak for 15 months, is very harmonious on the nose, offering blackberry and blueberry, sage and dry tobacco, and coming across more herbal compared to its stablemate, La Patache. The palate is well balanced, smooth and sensual, with fine tannins, well-judged acidity and a composed and tender finish. This is a sublime Pomerol, one that may warrant a higher score in the future. If it were a singer, it would Bryan Ferry in his mid-70s Lothario years. 2023 - 2045

Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2021

The 2018 Enclos Tourmaline has an energetic and very focused bouquet with blackberry, raspberry coulis and blueberry scents, quite a lot of creamy new oak but it is nicely enmeshed with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a creamy texture: black cherries, wild strawberries and blueberry fruit mixed with white pepper, bay leaf and truffle. It is adorned with a silky smooth texture and an irresistible, caressing finish. This is a superb Pomerol from "team Kwok". Drink 2023-2045.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019

The 2018 Enclos Tourmaline comes from the lieu-dit Clinet, close to La Fleur-Pétrus and Trotanoy. It is made of 100% Merlot from vines averaging 25 years old planted in blue clay, and yields were 37 hectoliters per hectare. The wine fermented in 100% new oak and is anticipated to age for about 20 months. With 14.7% alcohol and a very deep purple-black color, it opens with pronounced baked black plums, black cherry compote and Christmas cake scents giving way to opulent Chinese five spice, potpourri and powdered cinnamon scents with a waft of dusty soil. Full-bodied and densely packed with muscular black fruits and firm, fine-grained tannins, it has just enough freshness and a spicy finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

Blueberry, blackberry, clove, licorice, mocha and mahogany on the nose. It’s full-bodied with firm, powdery tannins. Concentrated and refined with a deep, intense core of ripe fruit. Long and superbly polished. Really attractive to taste, but this is one to let age. Such structure with elegance. Try after 2025.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2021

Wow. The purity of fruit in this wine is stupendous with crushed raspberries and blackberries. Full-bodied, very layered and gorgeous with superbly fine yet forceful tannins and a driven finish. A triumph. Pure-merlot magic here.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019
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The 2018 Enclos Tourmaline is dark and inviting. Crème de cassis, red plum, cedar, menthol, tobacco, spice and new oak show the richer, more opulent side of Pomerol in this vintage. This is an especially creamy unctuous style, and it works nicely. Enclos Tourmaline, 100% Merlot, emerges from a tiny one-hectare parcel within La Patache. Tasted three times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019

Very deep in colour, with a rich nose of cassis, bitter chocolate and espresso. The palate is rich and heady, with a bold structure full of chewy tannins. The fruit is exotic and heady, all damsons and backed plums. This is full bodied and very chalky at this stage, and will need time in bottle to settle and soften. Long and mineral on the finish.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

From a miniscule one-hectare parcel right across from Clinet, on the upper plateau of Pomerol, the 2018 Enclos Tourmaline is a blockbuster in the making, and I suspect it’s going to give the 2016 a run for its money. Checking in as a 100% Merlot raised in new oak, which hit 14.7% natural alcohol, this inky color blockbuster boasts a massive bouquet of black fruits, smoke herbs, chocolate, and damp earth. It shows a more floral edge with time in the glass and it’s full-bodied, concentrated, and plush on the palate, with sweet tannins. It’s certainly one of the sexiest wines in this terrific vintage. Hats off to vineyard manager and winemaker Jérôme Aguirre as well as consultant Michel Rolland for another brilliant wine in the making. Tasted twice.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019

(100 Merlot) | 100% new oak | 14.7% alc | 100% barrel fermentation | Harvested 27th September | Only 3300 bottles produced A classic 2018 Pomerol with every element accounted for that you would like in a great wine. The nose is profound with incredible depth and richness of fruit. The palate doesn’t shy away, quite the reverse, as it comes to you and assaults your senses with masses of dark fruit and spice. The finish is long and not too tannic. The tannins are super-fine and very controlled and there is oak present but it doesn’t get in the way at all. This is a fabulously complex and rewarding wine.

Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019
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