Chateau Quintus St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Quintus St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, the history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

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 its new name, officially came into being in 2011.

This took place after being purchased in May 2011, from Count Leo de Malet-Roquefort, the owner of La Gaffeliere, by Domaine Clarence Dillon, who also owns 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 vineyard was once again enlarged with the purchase of Chateau Grand Pontet in 2021.

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, who is no longer working with the property.

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 45 hectare Saint Emilion vineyard of Quintus is planted to 67% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard has a terroir of clay and limestone soil.

Located on the far, southwest, of the plateau, the vineyard has elevations that reach 62 meters at its peak. The vineyard of Quintus 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 small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon previously planted here 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 is old. Some of their oldest vines are close to 100 years of age!

To produce the wine of Chateau Quintus, vinification takes place in a combination of wood and stainless steel tanks, along with large, oak vats. Malolactic fermentation is The same vats and tanks are used for malolactic fermentation. The wine of Chateau Quintus is aged in an average of 35% – 40% new, French oak barrels.

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 estate also makes a small amount of a third wine, Saint Emilion de Quintus, which is sold primarily to restaurants.

Quintus Dragon

The same team that produces 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 winemaking team, this will be an exciting Right Bank wine to watch develop.

The Best Vintages of Chateau Quintus are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.

Chateau Quintus is marketed in a special bottle that was modeled after an ancient bottle of Haut Brion that was recently discovered from an old pirate’s lair. The bottle also features a raised seal engraved in the glass, which mirrors the design of the old Haut Brion bottles. The wine is sold in 6 packs, with a special wood case.

When to Drink Chateau Quintus, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Quintus is much better with at least 7-9 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Quintus offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 9-30 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Quintus with Wine, and Food 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. 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 price 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. By the 2016 vintage, Chateau Quintus really upped their game and began producing very strong, Saint Emilion wines.

Château Quintus Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

Deeply colored, the wine is packed with nuances of crushed rocks, black raspberries, flowers, plums and forest leaves. Extremely poised and polished, the silky palate offers purity in the fruit, length and the sense of minerality, finishing with an array of red pit fruits, cocoa and salty tannins. The wine blends 62.5% Merlot with 37.5% Cabernet Franc, 15.2% ABV. 95-97 Pts

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2020 Château Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Opening with flowers, black cherries, black raspberries, plums and dark chocolate, the wine quickly moves to its core of soft, plush, dark red fruits. Fresh, silky and fruity, this is perfect to drink while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. The wine is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, 15.2% ABV. 90-92 Pts

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2018 Château Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

Flowers, spice, licorice and ripe, red fruits are all over the place. The wine somehow manages to balance elegance with high alcohol as this does perfectly. Sweet, long and intense, with a beautiful purity to all the red fruits, the finish lingers, expands and frankly, just feels great on your palate. The wine was made using 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, 15.2 ABV. 95 Points

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The flowers, spice box, crushed rock, licorice and sweet red fruits on the nose really work this year. Dark garnet in color, the wine is sensuality and elegance. More unctuous than usual, the velvet textured black plums that coat your palate really hang in there. Even though the wine reached 15.2% alcohol, there is only a slight touch of heat in the finish but there is no sensation of jamminess. The wine was made using 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc harvested from September 20-October 8. 94-96 Pts

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2018 Château Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Fresh, sweet, silky, and filled with elegant, sweet plum and cherry filled charm, the wine is medium bodied, forward, refined and perfect for near term drinking, while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. 90 Points

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Medium bodied, soft, silky, open and accessible with a sweet, cherry and red plum profile, this is perfect for ordering in a restaurant or just easy going pleasure. 88-90 Pts

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2017 Château Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Spicy rubicund fruits with a dash of mint, licorice and black cherry open the perfume. The wine is dignified and energetic. There is a wholesomeness of fruit, a sweet cherry spirit and an emphasis on the finesse styled character. 94 Points

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2017 Château Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Medium bodied, soft, forward and charming with sweet, red cherry fruits, this is elegance in a glass. 88 Points

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2016 Château Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Still dark in color, the wine is earthy, soft and polished. The truffle and mineral accents are starting to poke through. The finish is juicy with silky tannins and ripe, spicy plums in the finish. Give this 5-7 years and it will really be a lot of fun in your glass. 94 Points

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With a stunning shade of purple-red, a single sniff and you know Quintus truly knows how to craft a serious wine. Divine textures, fruits that dance on the palate, minerality, smoke, earth and licorice. The wine was made from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, reaching 15% alcohol with a pH of 3.5. The harvest took place October 3 to October 20. 94 Points

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2016 Château Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Spicy, dark plums and cherry with licorice overtones in the center, along a medium bodied, soft, forward palate, focused on sweet, plums in the finish. The wine was produced blending 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 90 Points

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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. 89 Points

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2015 Château Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Better in the bottle than it was in barrel, which is the sign of all great wines, this is all about its purity of fruit, silky tannins and elegant character. There is not a hard edge to be found, The wine shows a beautiful purity of fruit, coupled with salty tannins and lift. This should drink well for at least the next 20 years or longer. Even though the wine is 15.2%, there is no touch of heat. 94 Points

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Aging nicely, the wine shows off its freshness and elegant charms with ease. More refined than dense, this is about purity and freshness. 93 Points

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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. 93 Points

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2015 Château Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Disarmingly easy to drink, the sweet cherries, elegant textures and graceful finish lets you know this is ready for prime time drinking. 88 Points

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Medium-bodied with a forward, sweet, ripe, spicy cherry core, soft textures and an open personality. 88 Points

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2014 Château Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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

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2014 Château Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Light in color, medium-bodied and dominated by fresh, red berry fruits, this wine will drink well on the young side. 86-88 Pts

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2013 Château Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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. 90 Points

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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

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2012 Château Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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. 90 Points

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Bright, fresh, spicy red berries lead to a zippy, very fresh, spicy mouthful of red berries. 88-90 Pts

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2011 Château Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

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. 89 Points

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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

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2011 Château Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 85

Light, easy drinking, red fruit and spice dominated wine with a soft, quiet personaliity. 85 Points

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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

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