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Chateau Quintus History, Overview
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 Leo 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 Chateau 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 Saint Emilion, and this is the 5th winery for the company, the name is quite fitting.
At the time of the purchase by Domaines Clarence Dillon, the vineyard of Quintus was 15 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 cellars used by Chateau Quintus were recently modernized by the purchase by Domaines Clarence Dillon, having been recently modernized by the previous owner, with help from Stephane Derenoncourt. The vineyards were also in much better shape thanks to their efforts at replanting. Part of the goal with the extensive work in the vineyards was to increase the level of vine density, as well as remove the remaining Cabernet Sauvignon plants and replace some of their Cabernet Franc vines.
Chateau Quintus Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 28 hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Quintus, has a terroir of clay and limestone soil. The vineyard has two different types of limestone in the soils. The best part of their terroir is on the limestone slope, which is used for Quintus. The vines at the bottom of the slopes are reserved for their second wine. The vineyards are planted to 67% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Franc. The small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon was ripped from the vineyard and replaced with Cabernet Franc. On average, the vines are more than 30 years of age. However, a portion of the original vines are old. Some of their oldest vines are close to 100 years of age! On average, the production of Chateau Quintus is expected to be close to 8,000 cases per year once the winery and vineyards are running at full speed. 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 is 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.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Quintus with Wine, Food and Pairing Tips
Chateau Quintus is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-3 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. Chateau Quintus is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Quintus is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
2011 was the debut vintage for Chateau Quintus and Le Dragon de Quintus. When Chateau Quintus was originally offered for sale with its first vintage produced from the new owners, the priced almost tripled from all 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. After tasting several vintages, it is clear that the wine is definitely improving in quality and character.
Château Quintus Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Château Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Spicy dark cherry, fennel and plums at the center, open to soft textured, dark and light cherries with spice, earth and licorice in the finish. Medium bodied, forward with good softness on the palate, the wine was produced blending 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 911 Views
2015 Château Quintus ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Aging nicely, the wine shows off its freshness and elegant charms with ease. More refined than dense, this is about purity and freshness.
Jul 12, 2017points - Tasted 437 Views
Jean-Philippe Delmas is clearly getting the hang of things at Quintus. With a deep ruby color, this wine combines elegance, freshness and purity of fruit. The tannins are refined, the textures are supple and there is no sensation of heat, even though the wine is quite high in alcohol. Produced from a blend of 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc, the harvest took place from September 23 to October 9. The wine reached 15.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.52.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 928 Views
2015 Château Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Medium-bodied with a forward, sweet, ripe, spicy cherry core, soft textures and an open personality.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 964 Views
2014 Château Quintus ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
A medium-bodied wine, which is fresh and spicy with a hot, cherry pie character and a fresh, elegant black raspberry finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.45% alcohol. 90-91 Pts
Apr 27, 2015points - Tasted 1206 Views
2014 Château Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Light in color, medium-bodied and dominated by fresh, red berry fruits, this wine will drink well on the young side. 86-88 Pts
Apr 27, 2015points - Tasted 1197 Views
2013 Château Quintus ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Medium bodied, fresh and ready to drink, enjoy this young, for its elegant, silky textures, coupled with its forward, licorice infused, fresh cherry, smoke and earthy personality.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 965 Views
Blending 50.5% Merlot with 49.5% Cabernet Franc, the wine offers raspberry and floral notes with bright cherry and fennel in the elegant, crisp, fresh finish. 88-90 Pts
Apr 29, 2014points - Tasted 1448 Views
2012 Château Quintus ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Sweet black raspberries, fresh cherries and soft tannins, with a spicy character, the wine is medium/full bodied, ending with a mélange of clean red fruits.
May 15, 2015points - Tasted 1430 Views
Bright, fresh, spicy red berries lead to a zippy, very fresh, spicy mouthful of red berries. 88-90 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 1240 Views
2011 Château Quintus ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Coffee bean and red berries open to a light styled, fresh, cherry and red plum filled wine that is ready for immediate drinking with its soft, refined, red fruit character.
May 21, 2014points - Tasted 1767 Views
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
Apr 24, 2012points - Tasted 1679 Views
2011 Château Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Light, easy drinking, red fruit and spice dominated wine with a soft, quiet personaliity.
May 21, 2014points - Tasted 2099 Views
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
Apr 24, 2012points - Tasted 2882 Views