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Beautiful deep red colour with mauve highlights. Concentrated, very ripe nose with hints of black fruit and cocoa. Very full and supple on the palate. It is stunning that a wine this young is so round, with a certain harmony seemingly impervious to distortion—a sweet sensation which is the sign of maturity certainly plays a role here. Aromatic finish.
This wine is taking its natural place within the Domaine Clarence Dillon family, as an equal alongside the red and white wines of Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion, thereby becoming the 5th child in this illustrious family.
This wine will take its natural place as an equal alongside the red and white wines of Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion, thereby becoming the 5th child in this illustrious family.
The Gallo-Romans, creators of the vineyards of Saint-Emilion, had the habit of naming their 5th child Quintus (fifth). Therefore, Domaine Clarence Dillon has decided to pay homage to its glorious predecessors by re-baptising this growth Château Quintus.
5 (V) a number that characterises this estate with its slopes and parcels of vines reaching towards the four cardinal directions, and reclining before the very sky to which the farmers glance on a daily basis to glean what the heavens have in store.
The ancient Tour de Guet and even further back, in the Celtic period, an oppidum (a defended hill fort) on the plateau overlooking Saint Emilion, almost certainly at this same site were the inspiration for the estate’s second wine, Le Dragon de Quintus – a mythical creature that stands as guardian and protector of its treasure, a spectacular terroir.
A new bottle shape specially-designed for Quintus was also introduced, modelled on those used by Château Haut-Brion in the mid-19th century and recently unearthed in a pirates’ lair on the island of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. Like their predecessors, these bottles have a raised seal engraved in the glass.
Perched on a 62-meter-high limestone hillock, Château Quintus is located at the south-western end of the Saint-Emilion plateau. Surrounded by some of the most eminent estates in Saint-Emilion, the property boasts some of the finest land and exposures in the region. The originality of this extraordinary terroir lies in its diversity of soils, slopes and orientations. Made up of 28 hectares of vines that have today attained an optimum average age of 30 years, the estate naturally wraps itself around a high natural promontory and also offers 360o breath-taking views across to the village of Saint-Emilion and over the entire Dordogne valley.
The vines of Château Quintus extend over a remarkable landscape. The form of the land itself is characterised by a stratum of limestone that lies in criss-cross shelves across the south-facing slopes of the plateau. The limestone to the north of the property is replaced by a varied mixture of clayey sands and gravels, dipping towards the south.
Merlot represents 66% of the surface in production and the rest, 26% is planted with Cabernet Franc and 8% with Cabernet Sauvignon.
One of the characteristics of 2011 was an extremely dry spring. Based on the measured rainfall in April, May and June this was the driest spring since 1949. Happily, summer brought some rain which allowed the vine to continue its growth. With a dry September, we were able to harvest in optimal conditions.