Chateau Quintus St. Emilion, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles
Chateau Quintus did not take its name from a previous owner like so many chateaux in St. Emilion. That’s because the rebirth of the estate, and it’s new name, officially came into being in 2011 after being purchased in May, 2011, from Count Léo de Malet-Roquefort, the owner of La Gaffeliere, by Domaine Clarence Dillon, who also own Chateau Haut Brion and Chateau La Mission Haut Brion in Pessac Leognan.
Previously known as Tertre Daugay, the new owners chose to rename the estate Quintus, because it is considered the fifth Bordeaux wine owned and produced by Domaine Clarence Dillon. Quintus is translated from Latin into the number 5. Many ancient Roman families named their fifth child Quintus. As the Romans were the first people to plant vines in St. Emilion, and this is the companies 5th wine, the name is quite fitting.
At the time of the purchase by Domaines Clarence Dillon, the vineyard of Quintus was hectares. However, that changed in 2013 when it was announced that the vines from Chateau L’Arrosee would be merged with Quintus, creating a much larger vineyard that was now almost double the original size.
The 28 hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Quintus, has a terroir of clay and two different types of limestone in the soils. The vineyards are planted to 67% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Franc. On average, the vines are more than 30 years of age. However, a portion of the original vines are old. Some are close to 100 years of age! On average, the production of Quintus is expected to be close to 8,000 cases per year. There is a second wine, Le Dragon de Quintus.
The same team that produce Chateau Haut Brion and Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, managed by Jean Philippe Delmas will be responsible for making the wines of Chateau Quintus. With a good terroir, the ability to spend what it takes to produce the best wine possible and an experienced wine making team, this will be an exciting Right Bank wine to watch develop.
Chateau Quintus will be marketed in a special bottle which was modeled after an ancient bottle of Haut Brion that was recently discovered from an old pirates lair. The bottle also features a raised seal engraved in the glass.
2011 was the debut vintage for Chateau Quintus and Le Dragon de Quintus. When Chateau Quintus was offered in its first vintage with the new owners, the priced almost tripled from previous vintages. The market did not take well to the massive jump in price. That being said, with the Chateau Haut Brion team behind the estate, it will be interesting to see what develops over the next few years.
Wine Tasting Notes
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2012 Château Quintus
Bright, fresh, spicy red berries lead to a zippy, very fresh, spicy mouthful of red berries. 88-90 Pts
89 points - Tasted Apr 26, 2013601 Views
2011 Château Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus
54.3% Merlot and 45.7% Cabernet Franc make up this wine that reached 13.8% alcohol. With a soft kiss of oak, sweet cherry and fennel, polished textures and a forward style are present in this wine. 85-87 Pts
85 points - Tasted Apr 24, 20121434 Views
2011 Château Quintus
This blend of 50.5% Merlot and 49.5% Cabernet Franc will be aged in between 40% and 50% new oak and reached 13.9% alcohol. Licorice, earth, spice, floral and jammy black cherry are present in this soft, fresh, medium-bodied wine that ends with fresh red berries and minerality. 90-91 Pts
90 points - Tasted Apr 24, 2012677 Views