|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
The grand vin, the 2013 Quintus, which is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, has a dark ruby/plum color and an attractive nose of licorice, Christmas fruitcake, tobacco leaf and red and black currants. It is well-made, somewhat compact and narrowly constructed, but pleasant and best drunk during its first 7-8 years. This property was purchased by the owners of Haut-Brion and La Mission-Haut-Brion, along with their acquisition of nearby L’Arrosee. The estate used to be called Tertre Daugay, but now has been renamed Quintus. 2014-2022 Rating: 86-88 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Aug 2014)
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(80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc): Medium red. Vinous aromas of floral red cherry, redcurrant and tobacco. The red cherry and berry flavors possess enough flesh and fat to buffer the wine's structure, but this wine is nonetheless tight as nails today owing to its impression of high acidity. Finishes juicy and persistent, with no easy sweetness. About 15% of L'Arrosée (the latest acquisition by Domaines Clarence Dillon, owners of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion) went into Quintus (and another 15% into Le Dragon de Quintus, the second wine). Rating: 86-89 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website (May 2014)
The nose is firm the start of the palate tight but the middle is rich ripe fruited with sweet flavours fleshiness. The sweet fruit is balanced by freshness the back palate lighter but the finish has a lovely depth of flavour. 2017-28. Rating: 89-91 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (May 2014)
Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2014)
Domaines Clarence Dillon (Haut Brion) bought, in 2011, what used to be Château Tertre Daugay, a Grand cru Classé Saint Emilion. The name was chosen following the Roman tradition of calling the fifth child Quintus. The property was originally about 16 hectares of vines on a promontory on the south-west corner of the Saint Emilion plateau, with vines on the limestone of the plateau itself and sloping down on all sides on clay over the limestone base, looking over the Dordogne valley.
In 2013, the Dillon family acquired Château L'Arrosée which they include in the production of Chateau Quintus. This has expanded the property to 28 hectares of vines on a gently sloping plateau 68 meters above sea level in the south west of Saint Emilion. Soil type varies from limestone in the north of the property, to clay and gravel in the south. Merlot represents 66% of the vines planted; Cabernet Franc (26%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (8%) make up the rest.
There are two wines, Château Quintus and its second wine 'Le Dragon de Quintus'.
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