2019 Château Quintus: £395 IB per sixThursday, 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
"The Grand Vin is the 2019 Château Quintus, which is usually Merlot with a solid splash of Cabernet Franc. The finest vintage I've tasted from this address (I, unfortunately, wasn't able to taste the 2018 last year), its dense purple color is followed by a deep, brooding bouquet of black cherries, blackcurrants, chocolate, tobacco, crushed stone, and camphor. It takes air to open up, but it has stunning purity of fruit, full-bodied richness, building yet sweet tannins, and a great finish. It's the quintessential "iron fist in a velvet" glove on the palate, showing more and more minerality with time in the glass, and has that rare mix of power and elegance. Don't miss it. 95-97 points." Jeb Dunnuck, Jun 2020
£395 IB per six bottles