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Quintus 2022

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > St Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

Quintus is the latest venture of the Dillon family - owners of Château Haut Brion. This new 28 hectare estate was created following the purchase and amalgamation of Châteaux Tertre Daugay and l'Arrosée in Saint Emilion - vineyards close to Angélus. The vineyard's size has recently been increased by the purchase of Grand Pontet.

In 2022 it is 58.5% Merlot, 41.5% Cabernet Franc. 15.5% alcohol, aged in 39% new oak.

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Tasting Notes

The 2022 Quintus represents the first vintage with the full 42 hectares in production after the acquisition of Château Grand Pontet. It contains the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc at 41.5% of the blend. Matured in 39% new oak, it has an opulent but delineated and fresh bouquet, very focused and pure, black cherries, hints of cassis and light iris flower aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-boned tannins, layered dark berry fruit laced with black tea and black pepper. Nicely structured on the finish. The Cabernet component lends a subtle savory touch. It will need several years in bottle, but this is a classy Saint-Émilion that should age well over two or three decades. 2032-2052

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2023

The 2022 Quintus, one of the best wines produced at this estate, reveals aromas of dark berries, licorice, ripe plum, spices, and hints of graphite. It’s fleshy and concentrated, precise and crystalline, with a tensile, chalky profile, velvety tannins and a vibrant, penetratingly saline finish. The integration of fruit from Grand Pontet recently acquired by the Dillon group means that the blend now contains fully 41.5% Cabernet Franc, bringing more mid-palate structure and amplifying Quintus's limestone-influenced character.

Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate, April 2023

Black berry and lead pencil on the nose with fresh flowers. Some rose stems, too. Full-bodied with racy and fine tannins that run the length of the wine. Complex and intense in flavor, it remains full of energy and verve. 58.5% merlot and 41.5% cabernet franc.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2023

A blend of 58.5% Merlot and 41.5% Cabernet Franc, aging in 38.9% oak, the 2022 Quintus has a deep garnet-purple color. It needs a little swirling to reveal notes of crushed blackberries, juicy blueberries, and black raspberries, followed by touches of pencil shavings, cinnamon stick, clove oil, and crushed rocks. The full-bodied palate is densely laden with rich, opulent black fruits, supported by ripe, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2023

Rich and luscious in feel, with intense bright berry fruits set against fennel, anis, bittter black chocolate. The alcohol is bringing some heat on the finish, and this is fully charged, but the slate, chalky edge to the tannins is welcoming, and there is clear complexity here. 38% new oak. No outside consultant. 3.7ph, 38% of production in the first wine. 42ha in production since addition of Grand Pontet in 2021. Audrey Bernard joined the technical team in March 2021 direct from Opus One, plus new director Mariette Veyssiere.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, May 2023

58.5% Merlot, 41.5% Cabernet Franc. Includes parcels from Ch Grand-Pontet for the first time this year. 28% of the total production. Cask sample.
Built for the long-term so will need time. Deep crimson hue. Subtle red-fruit aroma. Opulent and mouth-filling on the palate but fresh. Firm tannic frame behind. Powerful and long, a chalky-saline note on the finish a reminder of the limestone-clay terroir. (JL) 15.5%
Drink 2030– 2045

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2023
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