Quintus 2018

SubregionSt Emilion

Quintus is the latest venture of the Dillon family - owners of Chateau Haut Brion. This new 28 hectare estate was created following the purchase and amalgamation of Chateaux Tertre Daugay and l'Arrosée in Saint Emilion - vineyards close to Angélus. The 2018 is made from 72.3% Merlot, 27.7% Cabernet Franc.


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Tasting Notes

Bright ruby in the glass, with a ripe and open nose of cherries, plums and dried flowers. The palate is chalky and earthy, with juicy red and black fruits at the core. This is supple, polished and round, with a pure and long finish of primary fruit and light spices.

Score: 15.5Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

The 2018 Quintus was picked 20 September until 8 October. It offers ripe dark cherry and boysenberry fruit on the nose with light floral tones - no excess here with commendable delineation. The palate is rounded and honeyed in texture on the opening, a powerful Quintus with layers of toasty red berry fruit laced with bay leaf and sous-bois, quite luxurious towards the finish where it is difficult to detect the 15.2% alcohol. Give it five years in bottle. 2023 - 2035

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019

Composed of 72.3% Merlot and 27.7% Cabernet Franc, harvested September 20 to October 8, the 2018 Quintus is deep purple-black in color and rolls sensuously out of the glass with very pure, perfumed notes of lilacs, lavender, plum preserves and chocolate-covered cherries giving way to notes of spice cake, cardamom, fenugreek and fragrant soil plus a touch of unsmoked cigars. The full, rich, seductive palate provides layer upon layer of perfumed black fruits and spicy nuances with a firm yet soft frame and oodles of freshness to lift the long finish. Beautifully done.

Score: 94/96Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

This is very reserved with blueberry, cedar and shaved-chocolate character. Medium to full body and firm, lightly chewy tannins that are polished and pretty. Energetic finish at the end.

Score: 93/94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019

The 2018 Quintus is dark, powerful and super-concentrated, with a real sense of textural breadth and amplitude. Dark fruit, chocolate, spice, new leather and licorice add to a feeling of power and gravitas. The 2018 is an especially somber, brooding Quintus. The 15.2% alcohol is at the upper end for 2018 and is very much felt in the wine. Here, too, I am quite interested to see how things turn out after élevage.

Score: 89/92Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019

Black core with purple rim. Scented with cassis and the stony freshness of Cabernet Franc but all quite dark-fruited and restrained. Spicy too. Richer fruit on the palate compared with the Dragon but not as richly fleshed as I would have expected from the Merlot. A little severe, so that the alcohol sticks out, especially on the finish, though there's real finesse in the tannins. The fruit is fresh but the sugars must have been high.
Drink 2023-2029

Score: 16Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019

(72 Merlot, 28 Cabernet Franc) | 38% new oak | 15.2% alc | 65 IPT I was expecting a more robust wine here, but this is a rather quiet and smooth effort from Quintus and the balance is erring on the side of tannic on the finish. The fruit is a little blunt and closed and it hasn’t the aromatic attack found on either the second wine Dragon or the new third wine. Nice enough, but not making the earth move, this is a wine which will need time in order for it to sort out which path it will take.

Score: 17+Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019

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