2019 Château Quintus, St.-EmilionThursday, June 11
Quintus has steadily been building its own identity, since the purchase in 2011 by Domaines Clarence Dillon, owners of Haut-Brion and La Mission, named after the American financier who bought Haut-Brion in 1935. The name reflects the fact that this is the fifth wine in the Haut-Brion family, following a Roman tradition of naming the fifth child in a family Quintus. Despite describing the 2019 Quintus as 'impactful!', Perotti-Brown also finds "seamless freshness" and awards it 94-96+ points.
2019 Château Quintus, St.-Emilion
The 2019 Quintus was picked from 19 September is very intense on the nose with multi-layered blackberry and wild strawberry aromas tinged with vanilla. The aromatics are well delineated and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with densely-packed black fruit laced with graphite and cedar, almost Left Bank in style with a very penetrating yet harmonious and silky smooth finish. This is a very well crafted Saint-Émilion without a hair out of place. 94-96 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
"The 2019 Quintus is a blend of 55.4% Merlot and 44.6% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 19th of September to the 9th of October. The estimated alcohol degree on the label is 15%. Deep garnet-purple colored, it sails out of the glass with intense scents of plum preserves, blueberry pie and boysenberries with nuances of Chinese five spice, mocha, dried lavender and licorice plus a waft of chargrill. Full-bodied, the decadently fruited palate is jam-packed with layers of blue and black fruit preserves, supported by beautifully plush, ripe tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with an epically long, exotic spice-laced finish. Impactful! 94-96+ points." Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate