Chateau Quintus is an estate that was recently acquired by Domaine Clarence Dillon, the group which includes Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion. As this was the fifth property purchased by the group, the estate was renamed ‘Quintus’. It is located in Saint Emilion, with twenty-eight hectares of vineyard on some of the finest land in the appellation.
The 2014 vintage was marked by an extraordinary Indian summer. In the spring, fine weather conditions were conducive to a good start for the growing season. However, wet and cool conditions for the majority of the summer presented some tough challenges for winemakers. Fortunately, September turned out to be an absolutely beautiful month, with dry, extremely sunny weather accompanied by highs of close to 30°C. These idyllic conditions, with cool night-time temperatures, enabled the grapes to ripen beautifully, and the fruit was harvested at its ideal maturity.
The Chateau Quintus 2014 has notes of raspberry, pepper, and spice on the nose. The wine is very smooth and round on the palate with ripe, full and rich tannins. The freshness enhances the brilliant fruit flavours, which leads to an expressive, elegant finish. The blend for 2014 is 69% Merlot and 31% Cabernet Franc.
The second wine of the estate is entitled Le Dragon de Quintus. It has very expressive bouquet with notes of cherry and raspberry. It is a charming wine, with a freshness that highlights the great fruit on the palate. The blend for 2014 is 77% Merlot 23% Cabernet Franc.