2012 Chateau Quintus (St Emilion)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $85.94 (reg. $99.94/Online Avg. $126)
If you’re not familiar with Château Quintus, now’s the time to sit up and take notice! Bursting upon the scene in 2011, Quintus is very much a rising star in St. Emilion, in large part due to being the newest jewel in the Haut Brion portfolio. As such, Quintus is destined, sooner rather than later, to become one of the region’s very best. We’ve got a limited parcel of their 2012 effort, and fans of the top estates on the Right Bank will want to get in on the action.
Although Quintus may have come into existence in 2011, the property is no newcomer. Rising from the ashes of Tertre Daugay with its “excellent yet under-exploited terroir” (Parker), the infusion of resources from one of Bordeaux’s most historic and lauded names has paid rapid dividends.
Its owners do not hide their ambitions for Quintus. Says Prince Robert, “I am confident that this vineyard will soon come to rival its Domaine Clarence Dillon siblings as one of the finest wines of our region.” Antonio Galloni says “quality is clearly on the rise” at Quintus, and that “it will be interesting to follow the evolution of these wines given the brilliance of the winemaking team.”
The Right Bank was particularly strong in 2012, with Quintus showing exceptionally well despite only being in its second vintage under new ownership. The result is a captivating wine with "superb fruit and richness" (JS) along with an "ample, broad personality" (AG).
Whether you are looking for something to enjoy immediately or to cellar, this is a good buy right now. Quintus is on the ascent, and, with the quality of the 2015s, the hype around the 2016s, and another Saint-Émilion classification looming on the horizon, that will surely mean higher prices and scarce availability. Quintus 2012 is going to look like a bargain a few years from now – at which point, of course, it’ll be too late to start paying attention!
Snap this up now and enjoy seeing how things develop – in the bottle and at the estate – over the next decade or more. Cheers!