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Chateau Quintus

2018 Chateau Quintus (96Pts)

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Chateau Quintus 2018 750ml

Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Chateau Quintus is a new production by Dillon family (Chateau Haut Brion). The vineyards close to Chateau Angélus.

Critic Score:

WA94-96 JS93-94 MJ17+ JR16


Wine Advocate 94-96
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.

James Suckling 93-94
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.

Matthew Jukes 17+
(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.

Jancis Robinson 16
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.