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Quintus 2014

SubregionSt Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Quintus has a concentrated nose with pure red cherries, raspberry and cranberry scents laced with smoke and wet stone. This is fragrant and very appealing. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, almost Burgundian in terms of purity. The oak is beautifully disguised and it is blessed with a wonderful, caressing lace-like finish that belies the persistence that comes through. This Quintus appears to have really blossomed over the last year. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2045

Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018

The 2014 Quintus was quite backward and tight-lipped when I tasted it from bottle: broody black cherries and black plum, a touch of clove and fresh mint eventually surfacing. The palate is silky smooth on the entry, a Saint Emilion that caresses and seduces the senses. It is very pure with lovely black cherry, blueberry and white pepper notes, although I would be seeking a little more structure and tension on the finish. It is a wine that goes out to give pleasure, but I hope there is more personality and terroir expression that will develop in the future. Drink Date 2019-2032

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

The Château Quintus 2014 was picked between 29 September until 8 October and consists of 69% Merlot and 31% Cabernet Franc. It represents 23% of the the total crop that of course, now includes L’Arrosée (three hectares that were unclassified now used for a 3rd label.) It has a candied bouquet, clearly with much more fruit concentration than the deuxième vin: hints of licorice developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, supple tannin, soft and plush in the mouth, a generous Quintus in the making, one with a crowd-pleasing aspect to it without compromising on quality. Drink: 2018 - 2032.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (218), April 2015

Very perfumed and beautiful with violet and lavender aromas. Pretty ripe fruit. Subtle. Medium to full body, extremely silky tannins and a savory aftertaste. Linear and racy. Drink in 2020.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017

First year that includes L'Arrossée and Quintus together. A wonderful balance and finesse to this wine. Full and refined with dark berries, wet earth and stones. Extremely long and lively. Muscular.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015

The 2014 Quintus has really come together nicely since I tasted it from barrel. Supple, pliant and wonderfully fleshy in the glass, this pretty wine possesses lovely richness and texture. Dark stone fruit, leather, spice and dried flowers infuse the creamy, expressive finish. The 2014 could be cellared for a few years to allow some of the youthful tannins to soften further, but it is quite expressive today. This is the first vintage of Quintus that incorporates fruit from both of the Dillon family's Saint-Émilion properties, formerly known as Tertre Daugay and L'Arrosée. The two adjacent sites are now being farmed as one. Among other things, this means fruit is harvested according to ripeness, rather than by estate. The blend is 69 % Merlot and 31 % Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017

Tasted blind. Pale crimson – a bit greyish. Much lighter than most with a bit of oak. A bit stringy and gawky. Note of chocolate and something underripe on the end.
Drink 2023-2032

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018

Quintus is the latest venture of the Dillon family - owners of Chateau Haut Brion. This new estate was created following the purchase and amalgamation of Chateaux Tertre Daugay and l'Arrosée. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. A second wine is also produced called Dragon de Quintus. 69% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc, with a yield of 25hl/ha. Deep ruby colour, with a very open, ripe and intensely Merlot fruit nose of generoue red and black cherries, with a hint of white chocolate and sweet vanilla. The palate is immediately sweet, silky, rich, precise, polished and rounded. There is a ripe plum and boysenberry fruit core with lots of sweet spice from sumptuous new oak. This is classy and not overworked with a silky, clean finish.

Farr Vintners, March 2015

The 2014 Château Quintus is a small step back from the 2015. Dense purple/plum colored, with terrific notes of currants, cassis, new leather, and toasted spices, this beauty shines on the palate and is medium to full-bodied, seamless, sexy, and ready to go. It’s already hard to resist but will keep for 10-15 years. 2018 - 2033

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

A pure, focused style, with a core of plum and cassis notes caressed by light floral and tobacco accents. Ends with a chalky thread through the refined finish. Best from 2018 through 2026. 1,500 cases made.

James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017

The fruit feels ripe the nose has depth and the start of the palate has the richness of strawberries and red plums. The mid richness is backed by fresher flavours spicy and herbal the finish bright with good length. 2020-32

Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

Only 23% of the production went into the grand vin, to good effect it would appear, because this Domaine Clarence Dillon-owned property hit new heights in 2014. Polished, aromatic and well judged, this has sweetness and ripeness (as well as comparatively high alcohol), but is long and refreshing.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015
Decanter Magazine, April 2015
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